Ashley Cole snubs Barcelona by inking new contract with Chelsea
Ashley Cole has brought joy to the faces of disgruntled Chelsea fans by inking a new contract with the club. Sources at Chelsea have revealed that the world class full-back is set to return for action next season as he has inked a one-year contract.
The former Arsenal defender, who joined Chelsea in 2006, was set for a summer exit after talks for a new contract broke down last month. Ashley Cole, who entered the last six months of his contract in January, was expected to move away from Chelsea during the winter transfer window.
Rife rumors suggest Chelsea had intentions of selling Ashley Cole rather than losing him for free during the summers. However, Chelsea say on this matter was limited. By entering the last six-month stage of his contract Ashley Cole by design and law became permitted to negotiate deals for a transfer move with other clubs.
Top notch clubs from around Europe such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have approached Ashley Cole with transfer interest since the beginning of January.
Chelsea are set to announce the Ashley Cole’s new contract during the next 48 hours. Ashley Cole will be snubbing a chance to join Barcelona by staying at Chelsea. The La Liga leaders have been interested in bringing him to Camp Nou for a while now.
According to reports Barcelona were the frontrunners for the 32-year-old left-back. The Catalan giants are keen on providing Jordi Alba with cover from a veteran, who has been a first-team player for over a decade.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho also wanted to sign Ashley Cole. The Portuguese made an aggressive to reunite with the England international last month, but his progress was inconclusive.
Jose Mourinho wants a contingency plan for Alvaro Arbeloa and Marcelo at Real Madrid. It appears as if Jose Mourinho has finally realized that he is facing a shortage of full-backs in his squad.
In other news, the other Old Guard of Chelsea, Frank Lampard is still set for an exit this summer.