Frank Lampard has announced that he has signed an initial one-year deal, with the option for a second, with 1.Bundesliga side Hannover 96 after Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer left the club this summer after letting his contract expire at Stamford Bridge.
Thirty six year-old Lampard, capped 97 times by England, spent thirteen years at Chelsea after an £11m move from boyhood club West Ham United, clocking-up 422 Premier League appearances and scoring a fantastic haul of 132 goals en route to winning three league titles in 2005, 2006, and 2010, as well as ten other trophies.
Hannover manager Mike Büskens introduced the veteran midfielder to the media at AWD-Arena today, saying that he was “delighted to be able to welcome Frank to the club, I am confident that he will provide a massive boost to the whole team.”
After shock defeat in the opening round of this season’s DFB-Pokal to third-tier Regensburg and a dour 0-0 draw at promoted Hertha Berlin on Saturday, Büskens was upbeat that Lampard’s signing will be a catalyst for his side.
“I have the utmost confidence that Frank can lead this club to glory, and that he will win this club points on his own. Frank is a magnificent capture for this club.”
Lampard has signed a deal through to the end of May worth £31,5000 per week, with an automatic one-year extension triggered should he play in 20 league matches this season.