Lampard committed to Blues

Lampard’s future has been the subject of speculation for much of

the season after the England midfielder lost his status as a

permanent fixture of the starting XI. The 33-year-old has always

maintained he is happy at the club, however, and he has now

reiterated that stance. “I am very committed,” Lampard said in the

London Evening Standard. “The thing is for me it is much easier

when I’m playing regular games and starting, playing 90 minutes to

get into the rhythm that I have found since I have been here. That

is what I love doing. “The boss is the boss, he picks the team, for

me personally I know that’s when I’m at my best (playing

regularly). “I will always stay completely behind the cause of

Chelsea because it’s me now, Chelsea is my club.” Villas-Boas is

ready to let Nicolas Anelka and Alex leave Chelsea this month and

reports have suggested several other senior players could soon be

on their way out of the club. The likes of Didier Drogba, Florent

Malouda and even captain John Terry have been linked with moves

elsewhere, but Lampard believes it would be a mistake to put too

much emphasis on younger talent at the expense of more established

figures. He said: “We need our big players with John Terry, who was

magnificent (against Wolves) at the back. “The spine of the team is

what has made us what we are in the last seven years. I think it’s

important. “There are changes to the team and of course we all

understand that things change with time, but what we are about is

that spine to an extent. “It’s nice to see big players who have

been here a long time producing the goods.” The relationship

between Villas-Boas and his players has come under scrutiny but

Lampard maintains the manager has the support of everyone at the

club despite a difficult run of results. He added: “I think the

team spirit is okay. When you’re losing games it’s the first thing

people look at. It takes the big players in the dressing room and

everyone collectively to stand up and make a difference, which is

what we did against Wolves. “It (team spirit) is something we pride

on ourselves at Chelsea for many years, it won us titles, won us a

lot of things and it is something we can’t lose because if you lose

that, you can’t be at the top.”