Stamford Bridge ready for left back bid.
ASHLEY COLE is set to end his English hell with a £30million move to Real Madrid.
Defender Cole, 29, looks certain to team up with his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu.
Real’s World Cup-winning keeper Iker Casillas revealed: “From what I am hearing the signs look good.
“I have only briefly spoken to people at the club but I am confident that he can be a Real Madrid player next year.
“I think it will be the right move for him both professionally and personally.”
Chelsea left-back Cole has become a figure of hate since splitting with wife Cheryl and being exposed sending a message to pals saying he hated England and the people.
Mourinho signed Cole for Chelsea from Arsenal in 2006.
Spain stopper Casillas, 29, added: “A clean break from England is hopefully something he is very interested in.
“It will be his last big contract and who better to sign for than his old coach Mourinho at Real.
“He will know better than anybody this club will be successful under Jose.
“Jose has proved he buys players and makes them the very best in the world in their position.
“With Ashley he doesn’t need to do that because he’s already the best left-back in the world.
“Jose knows all about him and it comes as no surprise to me he is very much on Madrid’s radar.” (The Sun)
It does seem likely that if a bid came in of that size for the 29 year old England man then Carlo Ancelotti would think long and hard about accepting. The relationship between the Italian and Ashley Cole is supposed to be icy at best and given that the Premier League side managed okay when the full back was out for two months last term, during which time the Blues managed six wins from nine games, then a move could well be on the cards.
Given all that has gone on with the former Arsenal man in the past 18 months Cole himself may feel a move to Spain would be a new challenge worth making and clearly Jose Mourinho is a big fan and is willing to offer a way out for the England man.
Do Chelsea fans think the club can cope easily enough without the defender or is it worth fighting to keep the talented left back?