Chelsea fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are looking up with interest at the claim from the Daily Mail, who have shocked us by stating that Jose Mourinho wants to keep Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge.
We had been under the impression that the defender would be leaving for pastures new this summer, with the MLS and also a dramatic return to Arsenal being mooted.
Over a pint, our landlord notes that we cannot be blamed for thinking along those lines and given Cole has lost his place in the starting line up to young right back Cesar Azpilicueta, it had seemed that a move would be best for both parties.
Chelsea fans are pleased that he will not be making the move back to Arsenal and note that the Blues boss was very Mourinho in his comments. The Special One noted that he would like to keep Cole, but made a cheeky dig at rumours of a move to the MLS as well.
He noted: “He still has a future here and we want to renew his contract – but ask Thierry maybe he has a better idea.”
That was of course referring to the fact that Henry is reportedly doing his best to convince Cole to end his career in the United States with the legendary Frenchman still plying his trade for New York Red Bulls.
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