Mourinho Refuses Ruling Out Col Extension
Chelsea manager José Mourinho has refused to rule out the possibility of Ashley Cole extending his contract with the club. He is one of three players at Chelsea with only a few weeks remaining on their contracts. Frank Lampard and John Terry are the other two players. These three have been very crucial to the success Chelsea have enjoyed in the last decade. Losing their experience within the team will be a major blow. Combined together, they have made more than 1000 appearances for the club. John Terry alone has 621 appearances for the club since making the debut in 1998.
Cole has been a Chelsea player since his £ 5 million move from Arsenal in 2006. He has won every possible trophy with the club during this period. The Champions League title was the only thing missing from his cabinet and this was added after remarkable win in 2012. The defender has been linked with a move to the MLS in the last few months. He has been getting very little first-team action with Chelsea in the second half of the season. Despite this, Mourinho has stated that the appearance of Cole in the final match of the season against Cardiff may not be his last for the club.
"I don't know but I don't think so. I do my written reports to the board during the season and with the final report at the end where I try to have my point of view, analysing every aspect of the season," said Mourinho speaking ahead of the Cardiff match. This has been a disappointing season for Chelsea even with the arrival of Mourinho. The club, though, reached the semifinals of the Champions League where they were beaten by Atletico Madrid. The club are also set to finish third in the league table.