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Ashley Cole weighs up offers as eight clubs keen to sign Chelsea left-back

Ashley Cole will determine where
he is to play next season on his
return from a holiday in California
with up to eight clubs understood
to be keen to secure the former
England left-back upon the expiry
of his contract at Chelsea.
The defender, 33, confirmed on
Monday he does not anticipate
extending his eight-year career at
Stamford Bridge , where his
current deal will end on 30 June.
The London club’s manager, José
Mourinho, had hoped to retain
him for a further 12 months, but
the club are now expected to
pursue alternative long-term
options at left-back with interest
established in Sevilla’s Alberto
Moreno and Atlético Madrid’s
Filipe Luís.
There remains a slim chance that
Cole, who played 338 games for
Chelsea after joining from Arsenal
in exchange for William Gallas and
£5m in 2006, could renegotiate
terms to remain in south-west
London if one of those other
targets is not secured, though, for
now, he is braced to pursue his
career elsewhere and will, ideally,
seek a two-year deal.
Monaco, who will compete in the
Champions League next term and
are backed by the Russian
billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, are
one of a number of elite clubs to
express interest in securing his
services. They will be rivalled by
Paris Saint-Germain, who had
hoped to sign England’s most
capped left-back last summer,
while the player’s representatives
have not ruled out a move to a
rival Premier League team. There
could yet be interest from Real
Madrid if Carlo Ancelotti, who
coached Cole at Chelsea, retains
his position beyond the end of the
current campaign, while clubs in
Major League Soccer are also
monitoring the situation.
Cole, who retired from
international football earlier this
month following his failure to
make Roy Hodgson’s World Cup
squad, took to Twitter on Monday
night to suggest his time at the
London club had drawn to a close.
He removed the statement
“Chelsea and England left-back”
from his biography and wrote: “I
am weighing up my options for
playing next season with my agent
and sadly it does not look like
chelsea will be one of them.
“Thank u Chelsea FC for making
my 8 years there a pleasure to
work all the staff and players,
we’ve been through a lot, good
and bad. And of course the fans,
how do I start, I can only say
thank u for giving the boys
confidence to win some amazing
trophies – And now I’ll be looking
for another journey in my life
hope it can be like my others full
of fun and of course WIN
The full-back, initially hampered
by a rib injury, lost his place in
the first-team to César Azpilicueta
towards the end of last year and
was reduced to a bit-part role
thereafter, though he was recalled
to play in the critical games
against Atlético and Liverpool
towards the end of the campaign.
Indeed, he captained Chelsea on
his last appearance, the 2-1
success at Cardiff on the final
afternoon, in the absence of the
injured John Terry and ill Frank
Of the trio of senior England
internationals on Chelsea’s books,
Terry has now signed a new one-
year deal at Stamford Bridge,
while Lampard, England’s vice-
captain in Brazil this summer, is
still expected to follow suit.

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