The Blues decided that a one year deal was not going to be offered to their all time top goal scorer and all round club legend and it has dismayed fans and the media alike.
Lampard has no shortage of suitors who are interested in his services with a reported 16 clubs expressing an interest in taking the England vice skipper on a free deal and Lampard himself has claimed that he may well see out his career in the MLS.
With Lampard’s words and indeed open letter fresh in our minds, here is a look at five reasons why the Chelsea board should have offered the midfielder a deal to see out his career at the club.
Click on Frank scoring in Munich to unveil the countdown.
Chelsea fans. Do you think the club have done both yourselves and Lampard a massive disservice by refusing to offer him a deal to see out his career at the club? Let us know your thoughts below or tweet us @LaFootyettes.