Cole on brink on long-term Chelsea agreement

Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole is on the brink of signing a new, long-term deal.

A knee injury sustained last January ended his season but talks are already under way over a new four-year contract and the club are confident an agreement will be found soon.

The England international, whose current deal expires next year, has impressed the club with his hard work over the summer to recover from the knee injury and he is making swift progress.

He has participated in pre-season training with the rest of the squad this week and is expected to be taken on the club's tour to the United States next week, although it is still unlikely that he will be fully fit for the first game of the season.