12 May 2013

Lampard reinforces his value with new Chelsea record

11:26 am on 12 May 2013

Frank Lampard became Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer this morning with two trademark strikes against Aston Villa, providing another demonstration of his value with his future at the European champions still uncertain.

Lampard, who made his Chelsea debut nearly 12 years ago, struck in the 61st and 88th minutes at Villa Park to give his side a 2-1 victory in the Premier League that virtually ensured Champions League football for the London club next season.

It took the England midfielder to 203 goals for Chelsea, eclipsing the record held by striker Bobby Tambling who played for Chelsea from 1959-70.

Lampard is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to be offered a new deal by club owner Roman Abramovich.

It had been suggested the 34-year-old was likely to be forced out of Stamford Bridge, but media reports say the Russian billionaire might yet extend his stay.