The Daily Mail have a claim that has Chelsea fans panicking here in the Football Transfer Tavern.
They claim that Ashley Cole could well be on his way out of the club.
In fact, so dramatic is their claim, that they think the England international could well be set to retire from football altogether.
After falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho, the player is now considering ending his career on a high note.
Going out after a World Cup in Brazil, especially if Cole manages to play in his fourth finals, means that his career could literally get no better. Well unless England won the tournament!
Cole has won literally everything there is to win at both Arsenal and Chelsea and is not keen on a move to a lesser club, or even the MLS.
Chelsea meanwhile are currently looking for another left back, and are the favourites to sign Southampton’s Luke Shaw.
Currently, Jose Mourinho is deploying Cesar Azpilicueta in the left back position, something which has gone down rather badly with Arsenal Christmas party attendee Cole.
There is also bad news for Ryan Bertrand, who has totally failed to impress Mourinho and is a top target for Brendan Rodgers in the January transfer window. Chelsea for their part are keen to keep Cole.
Will Chelsea convince Cole to extend his career? Let us know your thoughts below.
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