Chelsea's midfield star Lamps explains the reasons why he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge

Last updated at 11:19 03 January 2008

Frank Lampard today handed Chelsea a major boost by insisting he will sign a contract at the end of the season that will see him stay at the club for the rest of his career.

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Lampard has only 18 months left on his current deal and Chelsea fans have been worried by the fact that the England international has yet to sign a new one.

The 29-year-old postponed contract talks in August after admitting that there had been 'problems' during negotiations over the previous few months.

Frank Lampard kisses his badge

There was much speculation that Chelsea had refused to meet his demands of being paid the same as Michael Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko, who are on around £130,000-a-week.

It sparked fears that Lampard's time at Stamford Bridge was coming to an end, especially with him being able to sign a pre-contract agreement to join another club on a free transfer in 12 months time.

The midfielder, who is the eighth highest scorer in Chelsea's history with 99 goals, has been constantly linked with a move abroad, usually to either Barcelona or Juventus.

But Lampard is adamant he won't play for anyone else and said: "I just want to do one thing and that is stay at this club for the rest of my career.

"On a scale of one to 10, Chelsea is a 10 for me in terms of importance and I'm not just saying that. Everyone around me knows how much Chelsea means to me. In my life my family comes first, but Chelsea come second.

"I don't think I will receive the love I get from the Chelsea fans anywhere else. I feel very strongly about it and I'd love to have another six or seven years of it. I'm at a club I love and live in an area I love living in.

"Nothing has changed since the club and I decided that we wouldn't talk about it until the end of the season. But I don't want the fans to think there is anything sinister about it because I'm still desperate to get it done.

"The reason I postponed it is because I kept being asked about it and on the few occasions I spoke about it honestly, the headline came out completely wrong. If it could be done tomorrow I'd be happy with that, but it looks like it will be done later in the season."

Such is Lampard's confidence that he will end his career at Stamford Bridge, he has set his sights on beating Chelsea legend Peter Osgood's goal-scoring record.

Frank Lampard

"I see that Peter Osgood is on 150 goals for the club and I'd love to get to that level," Lampard added. "I am still a fair way off, but getting to 150 is my target before I stop playing for Chelsea.

"I think I will carry on playing until I am around 35. I like to think I am pretty fit and don't rely on pace to get me through a game. Plus I will keep improving the more experience I get."

Lampard is currently sidelined with a thigh injury, and in his absence Ballack has been impressing in midfield.

There has been much talk that the duo have struggled to play together since the German arrived last year but Lampard told Chelsea TV: "It is a fallacy. People go into games thinking nothing other than that we can't play together.

"I don't agree with it. It's crazy and comes from people who aren't really in the know, but once it gets inside people's heads they make that the issue.

"I watched Ballack closely in the World Cup after we had just signed him and he played deep for them [Germany]. His instinct is to play deep and arrive late on crosses. When I come back we can play together."

The former West Ham midfielder also believes Chelsea can still win a third title in four years this season, despite currently lying six points behind Arsenal.

He said: "We are aware that Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool all have to come to Stamford Bridge in the second half of the season.

"We will still have to make those games count, but I and all the players are aware that two months ago we were in mid-table - which was a bit of shock after the last few years. But we have dug ourselves out of it and are now in a really threatening position."