One of England’s best players ever is returning to a place he once he called home. On Saturday, Frank Lampard will return to the Etihad after his stay with City in 2014/15.
Who could forget his short, but memorable time with the club.
A true professional, Lampard played 38 times for Manuel Pellegrini’s City. His final game for the Cityzens was a truly memorable one as he skippered City to a 2-0 win, scoring the first goal after 31 minutes to the delight of the raucous Etihad crowd and his mates.
And when he was substituted off, the City fans gave a final salute to a player that many wished could have played just a bit longer in a lighter shade of blue.
He addressed the City fans at the end of the game and thanked them for a wonderful year and a fantastic send off.
His words: “I think I’ve had a lot of opportunities to talk about Chelsea, but I have turned up here at age of 36, I didn’t know what to expect, from the dressing room and the fans and living in this city, and all I can say is thank you so, so much to everybody.
”I’d like to thank the players, staff and people behind scenes and the City supporters. This is a very special club and from bottom of my heart it’s been a pleasure to play for you.”
Since then, Frankie has been busy, after his final professional playing stop at City Football Group’s New York City FC, the Englishmen took the time earning his coaching badges before accepting a job with Championship side Derby County. A side he nearly got in to the top flight Premier League last season.
A season and a player who will not be forgotten.