As soon as we heard the news of Frank Lampard leaving New York City FC at the end of the MLS season in December, we immediately assumed that the most likely next step in his career would be a return to Chelsea, either immediately, or perhaps at some point in the very near future.
Turns out, that may not be the case just yet.
While old rumors from the New World claim that Lampard is considering a career in broadcasting and punditry alongside an ambassadorial position at Chelsea, new rumors from the Old World seem to indicate residual interest from a few MLS clubs in retaining the 38-year-old's services. That sounds a bit far-fetched to me (especially the Seattle rumors) but maybe LA Galaxy or Orlando City would in fact consider it. The Express "Exclusive" also mentions Lampard's camp rubbishing rumors of Frank taking over as MK Dons manager despite having no apparent or, in fact, actual qualifications for such a position. Meanwhile, the Mirror drop a fairly useless line about a "couple European clubs" being interested as well.
And if there wasn't enough speculation already, Chelsea's social media team saw fit to add to it with a teasing little "hang in there" comment on an Instagram post urging the club to bring the legend home.
What we do know is that Lampard will always be welcomed back with open arms, whether that be tomorrow, next month, next year, or some point later.