Mourinho patient over the Chelsea futures of Cole, Terry and Lampard

The England international’s representatives are in discussions with Chelsea regarding a new deal but the left-back is more likely to head for pastures new when his contract expires in June 2014.
Chelsea's Ashley Cole, left, challenges Norwich City's Russell Martin during their English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London on May 4, 2014. Eddie Keogh / Reuters
Chelsea's Ashley Cole, left, challenges Norwich City's Russell Martin during their English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London on May 4, 2014. Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Chelsea may be losing their battle to keep Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge.

Speculation mounted that Cole would leave Chelsea in the summer after he cried on a team lap of appreciation following the final home game of the season against Norwich City on Sunday, a match the Londoners could only draw 0-0.

Cole, whose contract expires in June, has started just 14 Premier League games this season after losing his place to Cesar Azpilicueta.

Cole’s representatives are in discussions with Chelsea regarding a new deal but the left-back is more likely to head for pastures new.

Manager Jose Mourinho wants the 33-year-old England international, along with John Terry and Frank Lampard – who are also out of contract this summer – to stay at the club, but he is willing to be patient.

“They are with the club on their future,” Mourinho said.

“Now it’s time to wait a little bit. The summer is a long summer for us. For the players involved in the World Cup it’s a different story, but for us, as a club, it’s a long time to be calm, to discuss and to analyse options and the market and possibilities.”

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Published: May 5, 2014 04:00 AM

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