With his contract up at the end of the season, Frank Lampard broke Chelsea's all-time scoring record with a brace in their 2-1 win against Aston Villa. The win virtually ensures a place in the Champions League for Chelsea next season and Lampard's two goals earned him a ride atop goalkeeper Petr Cech's shoulders.
Lampard broke Bobby Tambling's record of 202 goals scored for the club, where he played between 1959 and 1970.
"It's great to get the record, especially in an important game," Lampard, who has 607 appearances for Chelsea, told the BBC.
"I'm hoping I'll be here, and at the end of the season we'll get a decision on that.
"Today was really nice not only personally but it got us into the Champions League, and a club like Chelsea need to compete at that level. Strange things have happened at this club over the years but the one constant is the success.
"The manager situation has been pretty clear for a while now so the manager and the players want to make the best of the situation. I hope to be here next year. We've got a huge week coming up and hopefully at the end of that week we can sit down and sort it out."
Aston Villa goal machine Christian Benteke opened the scoring in the 14th minute and the first half ended even worse for Chelsea when Ramires was sent off for a second booking. Benteke was then sent off himself in the 58th minute, putting each side at 10 men. Lampard scored his first goal two minutes later and added the winner in the 88th minute. As he often does, he dedicated his goals to his mother, who passed away in 2008.
"I have been here a long time ... I lost my mum a few years ago and she was my biggest supporter, so it's for her," Lampard told Sky Sports.
"It means everything, it's amazing. The support I've had from my team-mates, I think you can see that there at the end, and I am thankful to every one of them because they are the ones who put it on the plate for me sometimes.
"And the fans have all been willing me to do it for a long time and have probably been frustrated alongside me not getting there."
If/when Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea, this could just be the beginning for the 34-year-old Lampard.
Chelsea's top nine all-time goal scorers:
Frank Lampard 203
Bobby Tambling 202
Kerry Dixon 193
Didier Drogba 157
Roy Bentley 150
Peter Osgood 150
Jimmy Greaves 132
George Mills 125
George Hilsdon 108
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