Chelsea Boss Roberto Di Matteo Wants Ageing Stars Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole To Stay At The Club

Italian wants duo to remain at Stamford Bridge.

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Roberto Di Matteo has told the Chelsea board that he wants Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole to remain at the club and hopes that Lampard can see out the remainder of his career at Stamford Bridge.

The pair are in the final year of their contracts and, with neither having agreed a new deal, have been linked with moves away, with reports this week that Lampard, 34, has held talks with Guizhou Renhe, the Chinese club, and Cole, 31, is a target for Carlo Ancelloti, the former Chelsea manager now in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.

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You can understand why Roberto Di Matteo wants to keep Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season. There is, after all, no substitute for experience.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic is stubborn man and the Russian billionaire is understood to have decided that no players over 30 will be offered more than a one-year contract extension at the club, an absurd policy when you consider the service that Cole and Lampard have given Chelsea and what the England pair still have to offer.

Cole is reportedly wanted by both PSG and Real Madrid, while Lampard has been linked with a move to join Didier Drogba in China.

Letting Lampard go is an understandable football decision. The former West Ham man is 34 and competition with the likes of Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar for a place in the Chelsea XI.

Cole, on the other hand, remains the Blues’ undisputed first-choice left-back, with only the unconvincing Ryan Bertrand as back-up. The European Champions would miss the former Arsenal full-back if he were to leave.

Chelsea fans must be hoping Abramovic listens to sense, before it’s too late.

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