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Cole hints at reasons behind Chelsea release

Released Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole dropped some hints yesterday over why his relationship at Stamford Bridge had soured.

In truth, the schism began because he no longer felt valued by coach Ancelotti, who only used him as bit-part player following his recovery from a serious knee injury.

"Players like me, I need to play games continuously," he said. "There were times last season at Chelsea where I got back to my best, when I had four or five games in a row in January.

"But I'm now back to my best and I want to show it at this World Cup and play better than I did at the last tournament."

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