The midfielder is the Blues’ record goalscorer having spent 13 years with the west London side
Frank Lampard thanked the Chelsea fans for his warm reception at Stamford Bridge before Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup clash at Stamford Bridge.
The Derby County boss watched as his side went out after losing 3-2 in a game which was far too close for comfort for their Premier League hosts.
Much of the media attention before the game was focused on the reaction the former Blues midfielder would get at his stomping ground.
And, taking to Instagram, the Champions League winner revealed his pride at receiving the incredible reaction.
“A huge thanks to everyone for such a warm welcome last night,” he wrote.
“Stamford Bridge is so special to me and the incredible reception I received from the Chelsea fans is something that will stay with me forever.
“Thank you to the fantastic Derby fans for supporting the team and myself so passionately.
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“I’m very proud of my team’s performance and for the hard work everyone is putting in.”
Lampard arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2001 from London rivals West Ham United in an £11million deal.
In 648 games, the ex-England international scored a club-record 211 goals in all competitions to establish himself as one of the club’s greatest ever players.