Mourinho to speak with Cole about Chelsea future
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said he plans on speaking to Ashley Cole before his contract runs out at the end of the month, ESPN reports.
Cole, who only played 17 Premier League games this season, was in tears after Chelsea’s last home game against Norwich and was thought to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge but Mourinho may be about to offer him a lifeline.
After Cole missed out on England’s World Cup squad, Mourinho insisted that he was not to blame. “I work for Chelsea, not for the national team. The decisions I make, whether they are right or wrong, are always thinking about the club and the team,” the manager said.
“The players always come after that. When Ashley had the injury in his ribs and was out for a couple of months, [Cesar] Azpilicueta was playing so well that he gave Ashley no chance of coming back,” he added.
Cole has made 229 appearances for Chelsea to date and is reportedly being courted by eight clubs including Real Madrid and Monaco. Last month he wrote on Twtiter: "I am weighing up my options for playing next season with my agent and sadly it does not look like chelsea (sic) will be one of them."
Mourinho claims that the situation with Cole is a lot different to that of Frank Lampard. "With Lampard I spoke a couple of weeks before the end of the Premier League,” he revealed. “With Ashley I didn't get that chance. They are different situations. I want to see what is going on, what is going to happen. But I will speak to him."
Lampard announced recently that he would be leaving Chelsea with new MLS franchise New York City FC the frontrunners for the signature of Chelsea’s all-time leading goal scorer.
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