Chelsea unimpressed by Cole pay-rise demands

New contract talks have stalled between Chelsea and Joe Cole.
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New contract talks have stalled between Chelsea and Joe Cole.

The Sun says incredibly, the result could see the England star leave Chelsea this summer for FREE.

Cole, part of England's so-called 'golden generation' wants a 50 per cent pay rise from £80,000-a-week to £120,000.

But Chelsea insist Cole, 28, must prove he is worth the cash.

A Chelsea source said: "It's a bit of a stand-off. Chelsea want Joe to stay and Joe wants to stay but from a financial point of view, they are way apart."