Cole denies impasse over Chelsea contract talks
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has rejected rumours that he is struggling to agree a new contract with the Premier League club, insisting that stories that claim he is demanding a wage hike before signing a new deal are wide of the mark, the Daily Mirror has reported.
Cole took to his Twitter account to put to bed speculation that he was holding out for a pay bump to £200,000 per week, adding that rather than stalling, the talks between the club and his representative had barely started.
The England left-back wrote: “Contract talks have not stalled just started, and 200k are you for real, I'd never ask for that. Like I said before don't listen or always believe what media say they aint got a clue.”
Cole moved to Chelsea from Arsenal in 2006, swapping North London for the West of the capital on transfer deadline day in a move that saw centre-back William Gallas head in the opposite direction. Cole played more than 200 games for Arsenal after making his first team debut in the 1999-00 season.
In his time at Chelsea the 31-year-old has made more than 250 appearances, winning the Premier League once and the FA Cup four times, to go with the two league titles and three FA Cups won at Arsenal. Cole also has almost 100 England caps to his name.