The 26-year-old has been a regular at Villa Park for eight years, and Lambert is confident he can follow in the footsteps of the former Italy captain as well as the likes of Steven Gerrard and Giggs.
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"It's rare for any guy to stay at one club for a lifetime - maybe Maldini was the last," he told reporters.
"Stevie Gerrard at Liverpool and Ryan Giggs at Manchester United are other great one-club men.
"But he's that type of player - a local lad who only wants to play for one club - his club.
"People can identify with him. He's just equalled Dwight Yorke's record of 60 Premier League goals for the club. Given time he will surpass it."