Chelsea man Roberto Di Matteo rubbishes reports about the departure of Cole, Terry and Lampard
The futures of Ashley Cole and John Terry have been the subject of conjecture at Chelsea over the past couple of weeks. Stamford Bridge boss Roberto Di Matteo has attempted to kill rumors of Ashley Cole and John Terry making an away move, but reportedly he is receiving offers from Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Real Madrid and Valencia.
In spite of Roberto Di Matteo efforts to dampen the move away rumors, the Old Guards of Chelsea are on the move. Earlier, Frank Lampard hinted a move to Major League Soccer, Ashley Cole was pondering over interest from Manchester United and John Terry’s agent expressed client’s desire to join Valencia.
Roberto Di Matteo reckons these reports “nonsense”. The Italian told reporters that Frank Lampard was in contract with Chelsea and has already expressed desire to end his career at Chelsea.
The 42-year-old Chelsea manager also said that Ashley Cole would remain at the club and that the Chelsea brass will engage into contract negotiations in January. Roberto Di Matteo also believes that John Terry will remain at Chelsea for the next couple of years.
“I think there are ongoing negotiations with the club,” Roberto Di Matteo said. “It's something he discusses directly with the club. I would like him to stay here, yes. It's something they have to sort out, two parties: player and club. But my wish is for him to stay here.”
At Chelsea, each player above the age of 30 years is given a one-year contract. The performance of the player is reviewed at the end of season to decide whether he should stay at the club for another season.
“Each player is different. He's a fit boy. He plays every game, he still has many years in front of him. Again, it's something you would have to ask Ashley himself or the club,” Roberto Di Matteo said.
“For me, he's one of the best left-backs in the world and an asset for this club. He's very good offensively, defensively, provides a lot of attacking options. His positional awareness is very good. He's got experience technically. He's got stamina, he's got everything.”
Roberto Di Matteo completely rubbished reports about John Terry moving to Spain for a change of scenery.
“There's nothing to that. I don't know who put that speculation, those rumors about,” Roberto Di Matteo declared. “It's nonsense. It doesn't need to be discussed because it's completely untrue," Di Matteo said. "He's got this season and another season [on his contract]. It's premature [to talk about his exit].
“I think, last season, you emphasized a lot about the old guard and they all proved you wrong. Nobody knows what the future will hold but, at the moment, they're here, they're our players and what's important is how they perform.”