Cole, 26, has put his contract talks on hold but insists he will stay beyond the two years left on his deal, even if Robinho arrives to offer a like-for-like option for Chelsea's new manager.

Putting negotiations to one side when the season starts is normal club policy, and Cole is happy to concentrate on matters on the pitch at the moment.

"I just wanted to put it to bed now," he said. "Obviously we wanted to get it sorted out this year but with the new manager coming in and players coming in and out there wasn't enough time.

"I love it here, the club wants to sign me and there won't be any problems on that front. I just want to concentrate on my performances and play well because it's not nice for the fans to have an ongoing thing. But I will be a Chelsea player for the rest of my career."