Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole is eyeing a role in football post retirement.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti is in no doubt Cole ranks up there with the best left-backs in the world, comparing the England defender to AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini.

Cole, though, cannot see himself pressing on for as long as the veteran Italian did past his 40th birthday and suggested he intended to stay involved in football when he eventually retires.

"It may be something in the future I would try to learn from the people at Chelsea, but I have not really thought that far ahead," he said.