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Cole blames Chelsea politics for departure

Joe Cole is blaming "politics" for his departure from Chelsea.

Cole was "devastated" after England's World Cup campaign came to and end via a 4-1 reversal against Germany in Bloemfontein.

But now he wants to turn his attention to where he will be playing next season after the end of his spell at Stamford Bridge.

Inter Milan and Arsenal are amongst the clubs being linked with a move for Cole.

Cole said: "I want to get my future sorted as quickly as possible.

"My season for Chelsea wasn't great for what I believe were political reasons rather than footballing reasons.

"Carlo Ancelotti, I love him, I've got big respect for him. I don't want to go on into it now. It isn't the time.

"It is not financial and it is nothing to do with Carlo. I love Carlo. I think he is a top guy and a top manager.

"I loved my time at Chelsea, I love the fans but it is a story for another day and I will tell it but now is not the time."

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