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Cole Contract Worry

A common theme, in the press this morning, relates to the fact that Ashley Cole has yet to be offered a new deal by Chelsea and that no talks have been planned.

Cole, a key figure in our Champions League and FA Cup successes last season, is widely viewed as one of the, or the, best in his position in the world.

Currently Cole has a year left on his current contract but there are fears that the full-back, who will be 32 in December, will be allowed to run down his contract and leave for free next summer.

Would we be right to surmise that it`s quite possible that the club perceives Ryan Bertrand as a natural replacement or should the club do everything in their power to ensure that talks with Cole become a priority and that the left-back is given a new deal.

Your thoughts on this subject would be most appreciated.



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Writer:Merlin
Date:Friday July 27 2012
Time: 12:40PM

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one more year deal should suffice. Cole is very good and would be happy to have him on a year's extension.
Dwonder
27/07/2012 13:28:00
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If he gives us a good performance then we can extend by a year as we did with drogba....its a win win for us all.
Desmondadonis
27/07/2012 13:29:00
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We don't need to extend his contract, Bertrand is ready and there's PVA on the sidelines. We need to overcome our fear of the "unknown" ppl, we'll never achieve better success. Why pay Cashley to continue slowing down Bertrand development, he's ready (all the more come next summer when he's played even more games)
@Mq
27/07/2012 13:51:00
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Eventually, in every players career, there is a point when he has to give way to a successor. I think this will be his last season for Chelsea and then he can still have a couple of lucrative years in the MLS.
Since1963
27/07/2012 14:05:00
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Why would we want to sell Cole?? He was arguably our best performing player in the key games last season and whilst Bertrand looks good, Cole is a once in a lifetime player in his position and it looks like he's got many years left in the tank. Letting his contract run would be short sighted IMO
oldmasterjds
27/07/2012 14:21:00
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I think there is some level of arrogance from Chelsea fans in regards to some players. The tone of posts insinuates the players and his agents are the ones chasing the clubs for a contract extension when it could be the other way around or it could just be no one is actually chasing anyone. For certain players like Cole and Lampard this could be the case since they can go to the MLS, china or Russia and make a boat load of money. While certain players won't warrant such huge pay days. However, I am indifferent to whatever happens with Cole or Lampard although I wil advise they take the Drogba route. This is not because they are not needed at Chelsea anymore, but it being time to get paid man especially in such uncertain times when your current savings can be wiped out as a result of this uncertain world. They've also won all there is to win in footy except Euros and World cup which looks like centuries away with this English team. Why should I take a 1 year renewable contract with a significant pay cut when china and middle east are calling with 200k?
Kakufrank
27/07/2012 14:23:00
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Well @mq this season would determine if berty is really ready to be the no1 in that role
Desmondadonis
27/07/2012 14:27:00
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Not for sale at any price.... even if he's 36. He's still the best in his position and the most consistent... He's has more experience than Terry with trophies and clubs, and he's a proven winner. He should not be sold... we'll regret it. Bertrand can't even get into the England / Team GB squad and some people here are already lining him up to replace the Legend of Ashley Cole.... what a disgrace? If Ryan wasn't English, he wouldn't even be in the Chelsea reserves KTBFFH
Blue in Colorado
27/07/2012 14:30:00
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The club has a policy of offering a contract of 1 year extension at a time to over 30year old players and since we all accept that its a good policy then there shouldnt be exceptions. Cole is a great and important player for us but if by jan-june he chosen not to extend a new deal that is based on his current form (like didi), it shouldnt in any way diminish his status as a chelsea great. He(along with lamps) shouldnt be an exception to a club policy.
Chelz Akamz
27/07/2012 14:33:00
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I don't understand the clubs policy for 30 year old players. If they're good enough, in good shape and have the right mentality, their contribution to a winning team could be worth far more than a years wasted salary.
oldmasterjds
27/07/2012 14:42:00
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Cole proved last season that he's still one of the most Consistent and effective left backs in Europe,we should hold on to him as long As he remains so. Bertrand will have to bide his time and make do as back up unless he suddenly starts playing better than Ashley:)
Nobleonenoble
27/07/2012 15:05:00
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i love ryan bertrand but cole looks sharper than ever to me this pre-season & is still undoubtedly the best left back in the world so i support giving him another year but would be okay if we dont so ryan becomes first choice with deen-conteh backing him up looks better than pva to me...
Gondo
27/07/2012 15:08:00
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no need to hurry guys... He will get a new deal for sure! He loves cfc and cfc loves him! FACT!
austriablue
27/07/2012 15:18:00
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at least one more year for him but he might want more like drogba did.
ktm_blues
27/07/2012 15:20:00
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@oldmaterjds a player that is over 30years can have a very big turn around in form such that he can turn from being a significant member of the squad to a complete liability. Malouda was our 3rd best player of the double winning season of 09/10(after didi & lamps) and was deservedly(IMO) given a 3year lucrative deal extension. He was 30 then.But almost every fan on VC will tell u that he is now a liability to the club. So i believe the club should stick to that policy, there is no player at that age that is above replacement.
Chelz Akamz
27/07/2012 15:22:00
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@oldmatersjds a player that is over 30years can have a very big turn around in form such that he can turn from being a significant member of the squad to a complete liability. Malouda was our 3rd best player of the double winning season of 09/10(after didi & lamps) and was deservedly(IMO) given a 3year lucrative deal extension. He was 30 then.But almost every fan on VC will tell u that he is now a liability to the club. So i believe the club should stick to that policy, there is no player at that age that is above replacement.
Chelz Akamz
27/07/2012 15:22:00
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Cole and Terry are both players who have ongoing injury problems (Cole ankle and Terry thigh) and extremely high wages. I would need to question the validity of offering a 32 year old defender, with a known injury problem and a high wage demand, a new contract for anything more than 12 months when we have two good/great players who can take over from him when he does leave. This year I think (hope!!) that we'll see more of Bertrand in the first team and this could be the final 12-24 months of his Chelsea career!
Bizarre_Blue
27/07/2012 15:24:00
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The club policy of only offering 1 year renewals for players over 30 is a sound one..as others have opined here..there is wisdom to this policy..Ashley is a once in a generation type of player..he is really still one of the top 5 left backs in the world even at his age but despite that we should not be offering him any thing more than a 1 yr renewal when the time comes and i like KAKU would understand if rather than accept that he decides to ride of to the far east of MLS. While it is fully in his rights to do so i would not want him joining another BPL team..what this means is that ryan needs to get way more games this season to prepare for the succession and PVA needs to be placed on alert for a possible return back home after all his loan sojourns next season to take up the mantle as our back up to ryan. Ryan is very good but anyone who says he is Ashleys level is just kidding themselves..there is still a considerable gulf in class and quality between the two but thankfully ryans greatest strength is his defense..his overlapping ability and speed going forward need a lot of work and probably will never equal Coles but his crossing ability is actually on par or better.
GabeU
27/07/2012 15:36:00
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@Chelz Akamz & Bizarre Blue - I get where you're coming from (it's a gamble basically) and respect your opinions but i don't agree we should have the same rule for all. Like i said earlier; If they're good enough, in good shape and have the right mentality, their contribution to a winning team could be worth far more than a years wasted salary - i would question whether Malouda fits these criteria based on a single good season (however good it was).
oldmasterjds
27/07/2012 15:42:00
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@oldmaster I think you admitted my point in your reply.... "If they're good enough, IN GOOD SHAPE". Cole openly admits to having an ongoing ankle issue which has been known to sideline him on numerous occasions. Offering him a multi-year deal at such an age has the potential to become very costly if in effect we are paying him to sit in the treatment room. As much as I rate Cole as one of the finest LBs in club/country/world history, it doesn't change the fact that I wouldn't want to see him gain a multi-year contract on his current wage levels. I'm not sure if your last comment is advocating the stay of Malouda or not? Malouda was a superb player for us in the past, but his match play has deteriorated and he is no longer the player he once was. He no longer can contribute to the levels that we pay him on a regular basis and therefore I would hope that he is allowed to move onto a less demanding club/league where he can enjoy his football into his twilight years. Hopefully this can be MLS, Russia or Far East where they can pay him a handsome retirement wage. Either way I want to see something good for the guy, but that something good needs to be away from this club.
Bizarre_Blue
27/07/2012 16:36:00
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