Using their second designated player slot, New York City Football Club have completed their signing of Frank Lampard on free transfer. The English midfielder’s two-year deal means he will join David Villa when the team kicks off it’s inaugural season in 2015.
“You can talk and say many things about what he has achieved, and his accolades, but simply said he’s one of the greatest players in Premier League history, in European, as well as world football in the last 15 years,” said sporting director Claudio Reyna on Lampard.
Possibly their biggest splash yet, Lampard was still a vital member of Chelsea’s XI last season, but was not brought back after his contract expired. With Lampard and Villa, NYCFC will now be home to two of the biggest international stars in Major League Soccer next season.
“I’m coming to a greta city and I want to show people I can play good football and that I should be a big personality and around this club to help this move on,” Lampard said in his introductory press conference.
At the time of the press conference, it was unknown where Lampard might go on loan, or even if he would. However, Lampard stressed that he plans on remaining fit and Reyna said that a decision on Lampard’s immediate future would be made within the coming week.
After signing Lampard and Villa, NYCFC have one more designated player slot available. While rumors have been swirling for months now that Xavi might be one of the new club’s signings, it’s uncertain if Lampard was chosen over Xavi for various reasons.
Nevertheless, NYCFC are well on their way to a fielding a competitive team next season. With access to Manchester City’s youth system and scouting databases, they are likely to make a few more big signings before next season begins.