Joe Cole set for Chelsea contract talks

Joe Cole expects to open new contract talks with Chelsea next month.

Joe Cole expects to open new contract talks with Chelsea next month.

The Guardian says Cole has spent the summer largely at the club's Cobham base – a brief honeymoon aside – as he steps up his rehabilitation from the knee injury sustained in January. He ruptured a cruciate ligament but the player is hopeful he will be fit enough to take part in the club's pre-season tour of the US, which starts in three weeks.

Cole is expected to open talks on a new contract – he has a year to run on his deal.