Frank Lampard: 'I was on auto-pilot at Chelsea, I needed to be tested'

Manchester City's English midfielder Frank Lampard acknowledges the crowd after scoring his goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on September 21, 2014
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Frank Lampard admits that he was on "auto-pilot" towards the end of his career at Chelsea.

Frank Lampard has admitted that he was running on "auto-pilot" by the end of his 13-year spell at Chelsea.

The midfielder opted for a change in his career by joining new MLS franchise New York City FC in the summer.

Before joining up with the American club, the former England international decided to sign for Manchester City on a six-month loan deal.

"I was at Chelsea such a long time that you just go on auto-pilot in the end," ESPN quotes Lampard as saying. "You drive in every day, you know everybody behind the scenes.

"It was a tester for me to be honest. I didn't have to make this decision, but it was a very good opportunity for me to play at this level and train at this level, and it's a personal test to come up to Manchester. I was in very much of a comfort zone at Chelsea. It's good to test yourself in life."

Reports have claimed that City may extend Lampard's loan beyond the January expiration date, but it is believed that New York City expect the midfielder to turn up for pre-season training.

Frank Lampard of Manchester City on the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on September 13, 2014
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