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The future of experienced Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge now looks certain to come to an end at the climax to this season with manager Jose Mourinho set to overlook the player’s claims to feature against Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Champions League semi-finals next week, according to reports in the Guardian.
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With regular right-back Branislav Ivanovic suspended for the first-leg clash with Atleti at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night, most experts had assumed that the Chelsea manager would simply move makeshift left-back Cesar Azpilicueta back to his more familiar role on the eight-hand side of the Blues’ back four, with Cole coming in on the left-hand side.
However, with the England international having barely featured for the west London club since the turn of the year, it is now understood that the self-styled Special One will instead utilise versatile Brazil international David Luiz as a temporary right back in the Spanish capital, rather than risk playing the 33-year-old.
And as a result, it now seems a certainty that Cole will not be handed a new deal to replace his current 12-month rolling contract at Stamford Bridge this summer.
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