Cole ready to leave Stamford Bridge.
Ashley Cole is ready to leave Chelsea after only being offered a one-year contract extension by the club.
The 31-year-old is now in the final year of his contract and is yet to agree terms on a fresh deal. Talks over a new contract have been slow in coming and a resolution isn’t likely to be reached any time soon after Chelsea’s opening offer of just a year extension has left Cole distinctly unimpressed.
If he doesn’t pen a new deal in the coming months, Cole will be able to talk with other clubs in January over a possible free transfer move next summer, with Real Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg and PSG all interested.
An ‘insider’ said that Roman Abramovich is only prepared to offer players over 30 one-year deals, and not even the worlds best left-back is going to get special treatment.
“Mr Abramovich has a rule that anyone over 30 can only be given a one-year extension but it’s madness in Ashley’s case.
“Everyone knows he’s the best left-back in the world.
“He trains hard, really looks after himself and can play at this level for many more years to come. There isn’t a club in the world who wouldn’t want Ashley on a free.”
The England ace has previous when it comes to contract disputes and famously left Arsenal in 2006 after ‘only’ being offered £55,000-a-week by the Gunners.
Cole is understood to be willing to see out his career at Stamford Bridge but is unlikely to agree to just a one-year deal. At 31, this is likely to be his final big contract and he could easily get a three or four year deal elsewhere.
Ashley Cole is an experienced man when it comes to being stunned and outraged by contract offers. Cole infamously revealed that he nearly crashed his car after learning that Arsenal had ‘only’ offered him £55,000 a week, leading to a good deal of loathing and derision from the general public and the nickname ‘Cashley’.
The fall-out from that particular episode of stunned outrage was Cole’s departure from Arsenal and if he’s done it once, he can do it again.
It is not particularly hard to image that Roman Abramovich will only sanction a one-year for Cole. Granted, the 31-year-old remains one of the most consistent and effective performers in the Premier League, certainly the best in his position, and has been a fantastic servant to the club.
But sentimentality has never had a particularly prominent place at Abramovich’s Chelsea, as evidenced by the dismissals of numerous respected managers and, more recently, the loaning out of Michael Essien and the banishing of Florent Malouda to train with the youth team.
If the Russian oligarch feels that Cole may be past it in a year, then no amount of persuasion otherwise is likely to change his mind and Abramovic is well aware that he has enough money to buy a brand spanking new left-back anyway.
Likewise, Cole is a man who usually gets his way and if he is determined to leave, there will be no shortage of takers. This story could well have legs.
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