Former Stamford Bridge boss ready to make move for full back if or when he becomes the new Real Madrid boss.
Should he become the new coach at Real Madrid , Jose Mourinho will look to make Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole one of his first signings.
Although Mourinho led Inter Milan to Champions League glory on Saturday, sealing an unprecedented treble for the club, the self-styled ‘special one’ is set to confirm a move to the Bernebeu this week.
Should he take over at Real Madrid , one of his first tasks will be to find a quality left-back, given the unimpressive form this season of Alvaro Arbeloa . The Daily Mail speculates that Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole will be one of Mourinho’s immediate targets. The England international has endured a well-publicized problematic season both on and off the pitch and only returned to the Chelsea side towards the end of the season, having suffered a broken foot.
Mourinho and Cole of course know each other well from their time together at Stamford Bridge and the Portugese coach may well seek to surround himself with familiar players should he end up at Real Madrid .
Cole has four years left on his £100,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea will not let the 29-year-old go without a struggle, given that he is considered perhaps the world’s top left-back. The Daily Mail speculates that it would take a bid of at least £25million for Cole to leave Chelsea. (IMScouting)
Now given that Ashley Cole was angered by the manner in which his infidelities were treated by Carlo Ancelotti and Roman Abramovich, who reportedly fined the England man for his extra marital affairs, as opposed to the backing the Chelsea pair gave to John Terry’s alleged affair one would imagine that the Stamford Bridge full back would consider pushing for a move to the La Liga champions.
Could Chelsea cope without the former Arsenal man? Well whilst there is no denying that 29 year old had a great season last term it is worth noting that during Cole’s two month injury lay off the west London side won six and draw one of the nine games he missed, including the crucial win away at Man United. Yuri Zhirkov ably deputising for that period may well feel he could do a good job if indeed any deal was agreed.
Clearly it would not be easy to watch such a talented player leave but if Ashley were to force the issue then I can imagine Carlo Ancelotti to not be the type of man who would stand in the way of a player angling for a move.