Chelsea contract talks stall with Joe Cole

New contract talks between Chelsea and Joe Cole have stalled.

New contract talks between Chelsea and Joe Cole have stalled.

The London Evening Standard says the stumbling block is not over money but Cole's concerns over whether he will be employed by Carlo Ancelotti as a first-team regular or a squad player.

The 28-year-old, who has struggled to get back to his best form since returning from a serious knee injury in September, would love to stay at Chelsea for the rest of his career.

But it is believed he expressed his anxiety over his role earlier in the season when he was an unused substitute in the Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid.