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The 36-year-old believes it would be unfair to compare his own qualities with those of the former Arsenal captain but says he hopes Chelsea go from strength to strength

Frank Lampard insists he hopes Cesc Fabregas will prove a big success at Chelsea in the years to come.

Lampard left Stamford Bridge this summer after a trophy-laden 13-year spell which saw him win 11 major honours and establish himself as one of the greatest players in the club's history.

Jose Mourinho recruited former Arsenal captain Fabregas in a €45 million deal from Barcelona to help fill the void left by the departed Lampard, and the 36-year-old is hoping the Spaniard shines in a Blue shirt.

"I'd hate to put too much pressure on Cesc - we're all individuals," he told reporters at his unveiling as New York City FC's latest signing in a press conference in Brooklyn. "He has his qualities and I have mine.

"It's a new chapter in a lot of ways at Chelsea and I wish them every success. We know Cesc is a world-class player. We've had our battles in the past but I wish him all the best because I wish Chelsea all the best."

Lampard has agreed a two-year deal with the MLS side, joining Fabregas' former Barcelona team-mate David Villa at the club.

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