Chelsea futures of Ballack, Cole remain in doubt

The Chelsea futures of off contract pair Michael Ballack and Joe Cole remain in doubt.

The Chelsea futures of off contract pair Michael Ballack and Joe Cole remain in doubt.

The Times says the representatives of Ballack and Cole will also be summoned to Stamford Bridge for talks, although their contract negotiations could prove more difficult.

Ballack, 33, is seeking a two-year deal that would enable the midfield player to carry on playing for Germany until the 2012 European Championship, but has been offered only a one-year extension and Chelsea are unwilling to meet Cole’s pay demands.

The England midfield player is seeking parity with players such as Anelka and Michael Essien, on £100,000 a week, but the club will offer him no more than £85,000.