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Derby boss Lampard delighted with deal for Chelsea hero Cole

Derby County boss Frank Lampard is delighted with their deal for Chelsea hero Ashley Cole.

The Mirror says Cole is expected to have a ­medical on Monday and sign a short-term contract until the end of the season for little more than the £10,000 a week he was earning in LA. And for Lampard it's a win, win situation for the pair.

Derby will get the most ultra-professional 38-year-old and Cole will be given the chance to take the first steps in what he hopes will be a coaching career every bit as ­distinguished as his playing days.

Lampard said: “Some of the way the media painted him was out of order. Anybody who knows Ashley Cole knows he's polite.

“He's a family man, he adores the people around him.

“He trains diligently every day. He is nice to all the fans – and those things may have been glossed over in the past, but now the truth is coming out.

“If you give him one pound or £100,000 a week, you still get the same professional every day. He will turn up first to the ­training ground and give everything.

“He will help people around him and leave last. I understand people get obsessed with wages, but it has nothing to do with it."

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