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Chelsea make £200,000-a-week Cole best paid defender in world

Chelsea are making Ashley Cole the best paid defender in the game.

The Daily Mail says Cole has become the highest paid defender in world football after negotiating a one-year contract worth just under £200,000 a week.

Chelsea expect to announce the contract extension ahead of Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final against Swansea, but the deal has been agreed.

Chelsea have agreed to a pay hike for the England defender, 32, because it would have cost them well in excess of £15million to secure a replacement left back of similar quality in the summer.

The failure of Ryan Bertrand to progress this season convinced Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to authorise the extension.

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