Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole could be set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, having seen Roman Abramovich reject his latest wage demands, according to the Daily Mail.
The 28 year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is looking to improve his current £80,000 a week salary to a deal worth at least £100,000 a week. However, Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich is reportedly infuriated by Cole’s demands and does not believe that he is worth that kind of money, especially given Cole’s failure to work his way back into Carlo Ancelotti’s starting eleven following a lengthy knee injury.
According to the Daily Mail, Cole does not want to leave Chelsea, having enjoyed seven largely successful years at Stamford Bridge. However, his Chelsea future would seem to rest on whether the midfielder is prepared to lower his demands.
Although he has over 50 England caps to his name, Cole’s World Cup prospects appear distant at best. However, were he to leave Chelsea in the summer, Cole would undoubtedly have plenty of potential destinations to choose from. Leading the chase would likely be Tottenham, with White Hart Lane boss Harry Redknapp having overseen Cole’s development at West Ham. (IMScouting)
Whilst Tottenham have an incredible improved squad under Harry Redknapp adding Joe Cole to their White Hart Lane line up could well be the icing on the cake and even more creativity to a side who is already chock a block with some really outstanding attacking talent.
It may seem an eternity ago but when Harry took the reins from Juande Ramos the club was in a shambles and heading towards a relegation battle last term but the former West Ham man has turned things around so swiftly he has already become something of a legend at the north London club. Redknapp is clearly a manager who likes to chop and change and normally takes to rebuilding a side the moment he arrives and he has done an excellent job of reshaping the club and rid the club of some deadwood and brought in some superb signings.
If he could add his former Hammers charge Joe Cole to the equation he could well have in his armoury a midfield that would rival most of his Premier League counterparts. The side already has the likes of Aaron Lennon, Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar and Tom Huddlestone to look to build up attacks and with the excellent Wilson Palacios on hand to break down opposition attacks and with players such as Jermaine Jenas waiting in the wings, Tottenham look to have excellent strength in the depth.
However Joe Cole offers something else. The Chelsea man is a truly quality player who can either play as the advanced attacking midfielder, behind the striker/s or out on the wing. He has masses of experience and perhaps more than that, he has a point to prove. Having seen his Stamford Bridge career stutter after injury and with a manager in Carlo Ancelotti who doesn’t appear to rate him too highly, Cole would probably welcome a move to join his former boss. Any concerns about his desire to join a fierce rival would only have to remember he made the move from West Ham to Chelsea (although apparently that was a move he wasn’t originally to keen on) and there is clearly no love lost between those two sides.
Most Spurs fans would be able to look past Cole’s affiliations and would surely welcome a move for the 28 year old and add into the equation that he wouldn’t cost a penny, albeit he would have an inflated wage packet, and surely its a bargain too good to miss?