Chelsea icon Frank Lampard could return to the club should he decide to call time on his playing career, according to The Telegraph.

The midfielder recently announced his decision to leave New York City at the end of 2016 and has yet to reveal whether he intends to prolong his time on the pitch with another side.

If he were to retire it is understood that Chelsea are preparing a role for him at Stamford Bridge, although it is unclear whether this would be within manager Antonio Conte’s backroom staff or purely ambassadorial.

Lampard gave an interview with former England striker Gary Lineker for BBC Sport last month, in which he stated his desire to get into coaching once his playing days are over.

The 38-year-old is a Chelsea legend and any move to bring him back to the club would be welcomed with open arms.

Having joined from West Ham United in 2001, he went on to make well over 600 appearances for the Blues, scoring 211 goals from midfield to overtake Bobby Tambling as their all-time record goal-scorer.

His time in South London came to an end in 2014 and soon afterwards he confirmed a move to the US with New York City, signing on a two-year deal.

However, he was loaned to affiliate team Manchester City for the 2014-15 Premier League season and managed to notch the equaliser against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Lampard’s wealth of experience both at club and international level make him an attractive proposition as a coach, although Blues fans will no doubt be glad to see him back at the Bridge in any capacity he sees fit.

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