London - Frank Lampard on Wednesday expressed his gratitude
to Manchester City after joining the Premier League champions from new club New
York City on a short-term loan deal.
Lampard, 36, signed for New York City last month and will
play with their sister club Manchester City until January in order to maintain
his fitness prior to the start of the 2015 Major League Soccer season in March.
"Joining up with Manchester City is a fantastic
opportunity for me to continue to train and play at the top level and make sure
I am in top condition for New York City," the England midfielder told the
"It has been an amazing few days for me since the
unveiling in Brooklyn and everyone connected with both clubs has been fantastic
to me. This is a new chapter of my career and I'm really excited about the
"I met Manuel (Pellegrini, the City manager) and some
of the players in New York and I'm looking forward to getting into training and
making a contribution for Manchester City ahead of my move over to New
Lampard was due to train with City for the first time on
Wednesday and Pellegrini said he was excited about working with the former
Chelsea midfielder, who will wear the number 18 shirt.
"Frank is a world-class midfielder and this is an
opportunity which works perfectly for everyone: the player, Manchester City,
and New York City," said the Chilean.
"I'm looking forward to working with him and
integrating him into our squad. New York have made a fantastic signing by
recruiting Frank, and I'm really pleased that we'll be able to have him with us
for the first half of our season and help prepare him for his new
New York City sporting director Claudio Reyna said:
"This is the perfect opportunity for Frank.
"He is in great shape following the World
Cup, and training and playing with our colleagues in Manchester will enable
Frank to be fit and ready for our inaugural training camp."
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