Ancelotti confident Cole will be at Chelsea next season

Carlo Ancelotti insists Joe Cole will still be a Chelsea player next season even though he cannot guarantee him regular first-team football.

Carlo Ancelotti insists Joe Cole will still be a Chelsea player next season even though he cannot guarantee him regular first-team football.

The England midfielder's current contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer and talks over a new deal have yet to reach a conclusion.

The main stumbling block is understood to be the 28 year old's desire for regular first-team football as opposed to a massive hike in his salary.

"No, I cannot guarantee to Joe Cole that he'll play for Chelsea in every game," said Ancelotti. "I cannot guarantee that to any of my players.

"I never guarantee that to my players, even the big players. How can a manager guarantee that to the players? That's impossible.

"I don't have any news on his contract. He will stay at Chelsea next year. I'm 100% clear.

"I don't like to speak about him all the time. He will be in the squad for next year, as I say.

"It's my aim. It's the aim of the club to keep him in the squad because Joe Cole is an important player, a very professional player, he has a lot of quality and is young.

"He is a player of the national team. He is English. For these reasons, we want to keep him in the squad."

 
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