Attacking full back has been in west London now since 2006.
Out-of-favour Chelsea defender Ashley Cole will be handed a new one-year contract to keep the Englishman at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of his current deal which runs out at the end of this season, according to the Blues head coach Jose Mourinho in the Daily Mirror.
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The veteran England international has found himself in an unfamiliar position recently, that is warming the substitutes’ bench in west London, with Cole having not started any fixtures for the Uefa Europa League holders since their shock 2-0 loss to Newcastle United at St James’ Park earlier in this campaign.
Instead, the self-styled Special One has opted to utilise Spain international right-back Cesar Azpilicueta in the role and with Cole’s short-term deal expiring on June 30 2014, rumours have been rife of late suggesting this could very well be the player’s final campaign in the capital.
In fact, it has even been reported that Cole could be on his way to play for Major League Soccer outfit the New York Red Bulls when the winter transfer window finally reopens in the new year.
However, the Portuguese has now confirmed that contrary to the recent speculation, Cole will in actual fact be handed a one-year contract extension come the end of the season.
“Naturally he will get a contract because he’s a valuable player for us,” said Mourinho.
“Even if you are not playing every game and you are not a first-choice player, like he was always, I don’t think sometimes it means that you are not well, you are not in well conditions, you are not deserving a new contract.
“But the way he trains is super professional, as always. He’s a fantastic trainer, fantastic professional.
“When he’s on the bench behind me, I can feel that he’s there to win, even if he’s not on the pitch.
“I feel he’s fine. And I think tomorrow he’s going to show that he’s fine. He starts tomorrow.”