Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Mourinho claims Ashley Cole's future is at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea boss Jose 

CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he sees Ashley Cole's future at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season.
Cole, Chelsea, CFCAshley Cole given boost in bid to remain at Chelsea [GETTY]
Cole's position at left-back has been taken over by Cesar Azpilicueta in recent weeks, which has led to speculation that the England international could leave in the summer.
But Mourinho has given the 32-year-old hope ahead of Chelsea's Champions League clash with Steaua Bucharest, where Cole is set to make his first start in eight matches, claiming he is still very much part of the Blues' future.
"The club politics, and these are correct politics I have to say if you analyse it by the club's perspective, is not to give long-term contracts to players over 30/31 years old," Mourinho said.
"But these players, Ashley, John and Lampard, Petr Cech, all these guys are very positive guys in the club even if they are not playing match after match, like for example Ashley Cole isn't.
England, ColeLeighton Baines could replace Cole in the England back four [GETTY]
"But they are very, very important, our club is a fair club, it is a club that understands what the players give to the club and what they have to give.
"Normally by the lesser part of the season they have to renew their contract and to stay for one more season I think that's the logical evolution of the situation.
"In the same way the club trusts them and I think they trust the club. Everybody is calm and nobody is speaking about it every day because we think the situation will be a no problem situation."