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May 28, 2010

Lampard considers MLS swansong

Frank Lampard has revealed that he would consider a move to the MLS in the twilight of his career, but has shunned the possibility of a career in football once his playing days are over.

The talismanic midfielder, who has 105 goals in 320 appearances for Chelsea, has revealed that a career in property is more likely than one in football management when he hangs up his boots.

Lampard, 31, told the Sabotage Times: "The first thing is after I finish I don't want to be involved with football, not as a manager, coach, agent or in the media. Not interested."

"I've been getting to know a lot about property, not just for me to live in, but as a business.

"I have a family to support, I know that might sound strange when you consider the money that's mentioned but I want to have a career after this, I don't want this to be everything," Lampard said. "I don't want to spend the rest of my life just living in the past."

Lampard, who has 3 years left to run on his current Chelsea deal, believes there is a chance he could follow in the footsteps of David Beckham by playing in America.

When asked about Beckham, Lampard said: "It's his decision, isn't it? When he went, I thought, maybe he's gone too early, but the more I thought about it, I thought, if that's what he wants to do, let him do it.

"I'd like to go and play in America when I'm 36 or 35 but you can't take away someone's right to go and play where they want." Lampard, who is about to play in his second World Cup, also gave his opinion on Jose Mourinho's recent claims that the standard of football in the Champions League is higher than in the World Cup.

He said: "With the Champions League you'll know who you are playing against and they'll have their key players, everyone knows about them whereas when you play for England against someone from somewhere like Eastern Europe, Croatia, or somewhere like that, they're all good.

He added: "You discover that as the games going on, there are not a lot of weaknesses in the international teams so I'd say the standard is definitely higher.

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