Frank Lampard is preparing to say his goodbyes to Chelsea fans, with talks on a contract extension simply off the agenda.
The Blues midfielder, likely to captain Chelsea as they battle for the title of World Champions on Sunday, says contract talks have completely broken down, and that he is readying himself for the move away from Stamford Bridge.
Speaking after Blues' victorious Club World Cup semi final in Yokohama, Lampard said: “There is nothing planned as far as I know. There have been no talks about anything about an extension. The ball is in Chelsea’s court.
“I’m a Chelsea player as simple as that. I’ve had a great, great time here.
“Maybe things don’t last forever. Although I want it to last forever you have to be big enough to know what it is.
“I’m not the kind of player to see out my time and sit with my bum on the bench too much. I want to be involved. That’s my character. I will keep trying to do that, whatever the circumstances.”
Lampard came on as a sub against Monterrey on Thursday, taking the captain's armband, and may well be the man who lifts the prestigious FIFA trophy – should Chelsea beat fellow finalists Corinthians.
He said: “I’m a Chelsea player. At the minute nothing else has been said to be honest.
“Talks about one-year extension, two-year extension don’t exist. Because at the minute nothing has been said.
“I feel like I’ve had a good year particularly from where we were in February, to playing what I like to think is a big part.
“Not just myself. Obviously Didier played the biggest part. We were the players who came back in, who were out a little bit, and made a difference.
“I can’t predict anything but I feel like I have two or three years at least in me at the top level. It is not for me to decide on this one.
“It’s up to the club. Whatever happens, I have had a great time at Chelsea. I am determined to play a few more years and see what pans out in the near future.”