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Frank Lampard could have played his last game for Chelsea after the England international was included on a list of released players by the club.
The 35-year-old has been at Stamford Bridge since 2001 and has enjoyed a highly successful career with the Blues, winning three league titles, the Champions League, the Europa League, four FA Cups and two League Cups.
Lampard has also scored a club-record 211 goals since moving from West Ham 13 years ago but could now be forced to look for a new team. The one-year deal the midfielder signed last May has now expired and terms have not been reached on an extension.
Lampard is thought to have been offered a new contract but will wait until after the World Cup to speak to Chelsea about his options.
While Lampard could yet return for next season it is the end of the road for Ashley Cole, Samuel Eto’o and Mark Schwarzer. Cole confirmed earlier this week that he was leaving the west London outfit after failing to agree terms on a new contract.
Eto’o had also been expected to leave after publically criticising manager Jose Mourinho following the conclusion of Chelsea’s season.
The Cameroon international managed 12 goals in 35 appearances for the Blues following his move from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala on a one-year deal last summer.
More departures are likely to follow those players who have been released as Mourinho looks to clear out his squad before making new additions after the World Cup.