When we speak of the up and coming youth players at Chelsea who will become first team players, Ryan Bertrand is always at the top of the list. When speaking of his attributes, the word youth is never far away, and yet you might be surprised to know he will be 24 by the time next season starts. To put that in context; Oscar is 21, Mata 25, Hazard 22, Azpilicueta will be 24 while new signings Schurrle and van Ginkel will be 20 and 22 respectively. Bertrand is past the point of being a young, promising talent – this is when he should be cementing his place in the team. So far, he has been unable to do so.
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has agreed a one-year extension to his current contract, keeping him with the West-London club until at the summer of 2014, and I personally believe it is because ‘The Special One’ is returning home.
Cole had been expected to leave the Blues at the end of the season for free, with Chelsea previously said to be unwilling to offer the 32 year-old a new deal.
The England left-back’s agent was in Madrid earlier this month to hold talks over a possible move to Real, but with Jose Mourinho leaving Spain this summer he decided to look elsewhere.
Chelsea Football Club have today confirmed that left-back Ashley Cole has signed a one-year extension to his current deal, which was set to expire at the end of the season.
Cole had firmly expected to leave at the end of the season, along with Blues legend Frank Lampard, following rumours that the Chelsea hierarchy were unwilling to offer the 32 year-old a new deal.
The 99-cap England defender’s agent was in Madrid for talks over a possible move to Jose Mourinho’s current club, Real Madrid, at the end of the season. He has also been linked with reunions with Ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain but has decided he would rather stay exactly where he is for now.
Chelsea’s Ashley Cole is targeting a move to Manchester United, according to reports in the Sunday People.
Cole’s agent is in Madrid this weekend, holding talks with the Real hierarchy over a possible Spanish move in the summer, but recent findings suggest he would be more willing to remain in the Premier League.
Manchester United are keeping taps on the left-back’s movement, with Sir Alex Ferguson keen on keeping ahead of the opposition.
United, along with other Premier League sides, are not allowed to make contact with Cole until the end of the season. He is however allowed contact with foreign clubs, with a view to signing a pre-agreement for the summer.
Ashley Cole’s agent has arrived in Madrid for talks with the Galácticos, ahead of a possible move for the player in the summer.
The 32 year-old’s contract is set to expire in the summer, with Chelsea rumoured to be unwilling to extend his contract.
Early reports suggested that the Blues were only willing to offer a one-year extension, with Cole wanting a two-year extension. The latest news appears to show Chelsea unwilling to offer any kind of deal to the left-back, still recognised by many as the best left-back in the world.
Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez gave the biggest hint yet that Frank Lampard and the other “legends” may be on their way out in the near future.
Lampard and Ashley Cole’s contracts are due to expire at the end of the season, and have yet to be offered new contracts. It had been reported that Ashley would be offered a one-year extension to his deal, with Frank’s agent claiming that the Blues will not be offering the 34 year-old a new deal. No official stance has yet been given.
Real Madrid have offered Fabio Coentrao to Chelsea on a permanent basis, according to reports around Stamford Bridge.
Coentrao has failed to make an impact at Real since his move from Benfica 18 months ago, with Marcelo dominating the left-back position.
The 24 year-old had been rumoured to be considering his options, and his arrival late to training on New Years Day is thought to have been the nail is his Real coffin.
Chelsea had tried to sign the attacking full-back before he chose Madrid as his preferred destination, and are expected to bid for the talented star.
Chelsea are looking into the possibility of signing Fabio Coentrao from Real Madrid, as the player is considering his options.
Coentrao has been playing second-fiddle to Marcelo for much of the season, having started only 6 Primera Liga games so far this term.
The 24 year-old snubbed the Blues to sign for Madrid 18 months ago and Chelsea see the left-back as the perfect long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, who is thought to be leaving Chelsea at the end of his contract this summer.
Paris Saint-Germain boss Leonardo has denied reports suggesting they have tried to make contact with Chelsea about Ashley Cole leaving the club.
Ashley’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and is allowed to talk to foreign clubs from today.
PSG have been heavily linked with a move for Cole, with the bookmakers making them strong favourites.
Leonardo said: “We have never spoken with Ashley Cole, there has never been any contact.
“Carlo was his coach at Chelsea, that’s why that story is doing the rounds.”
Frank Lampard put in a man of the match performance yesterday in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park yesterday, but admits he still has no offer on the table.
The England central midfielder’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season, and the 34 year-old is allowed to talk to foreign clubs about a free-transfer in the summer as of tomorrow.
Frank Lampard scored both of Chelsea’s goals in yesterday’s win, and has been in fine form since his return from injury.