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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 27 2012

Time: 12:40PM

Your Comments

one more year deal should suffice. Cole is very good and would be happy to have him on a year's extension.
Dwonder
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
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
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
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
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
Well @mq this season would determine if berty is really ready to be the no1 in that role
Desmondadonis
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
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
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
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
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
no need to hurry guys... He will get a new deal for sure! He loves cfc and cfc loves him! FACT!
austriablue
at least one more year for him but he might want more like drogba did.
ktm_blues
@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
@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
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
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
@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
@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
I completely agree with u chelzakamz. U dont know wat the future holds. I just hope bertrand can cut it at the top level
BlueTyphoon
Ashley himself has already said that he wants to go to MLS when his contract expires at CFC. I do hope he changes his mind though.
Nelson Blueman
As long as Cole doesn't let Johnson and Valencia dribble past him again he is ok by me.
foreign_viewer
I hope he signs an extension, but we don't NEED him to continue with us. Barring a severe injury, Cole could play at the top level for another 3 years easily. But Bertrand already looks great and PVA is a solid 2nd option.
UpTheChelsea
The modern attacking fullback covers a lot of ground. Very few are able to maintain that level into their mid thirties. Didn't Roberto Carlos leave Real Madrid to go & earn cash in Russia?? I think for Ashley as a person playing in the States probably best way to finish his career. Though if he was fit & happy I'd love to see him play more seasons after this one
BlueMotion
http://www.thefa.com/TheFA/NewsAndFeatures/2012/john-terry-charged.aspx
CFCblue.est
Oscar has been given the number 11 shirt! Megastore was selling them just now but have since taken them down as the club ain't announced It yet. Big shoes to fill.
Dave-David
Roberto Carlos left Madrid for Turkey (Fener). The comparison between Malouda and Ashley Cole is a shaky one. Malouda found great form when his role in the team changed, and that great form evapourated when his role in the team reverted. It was standard in the English media to describe Ancelotti's double-winning Chelsea squad as playing a 4-3-3 with Anelka on the right and Malouda on the left, but that comes well short of fully capturing what was going on. If anything the system was more like an asymmetrical diamond with Malouda playing as the trequartista. His struggles with winning one-on-ones with opposition fullbacks were margainalised, his close control and vision were emphasised, and he had a great run of form. After he was restored to playing as a more traditional winger, that form dried up. AVB started to realise this, too, but only too late in his stint as manager; Malouda put in a few very decent performances last season in the middle of the park (given our lack of quality in that area of the pitch, you could even argue he was our best performer in the role), but with the sacking of AVB, those opportunities vanished before he was able to establish himself in the role. Digression aside, though, this uncertainty about what role to fill in the team is not an issue for Cole. His role in the team is very well defined and unlikely to change significantly no matter what else happens with the rest of the team. And make no mistake, he's still arguably the best in the world (and one of the three or four in history who can make a case for "greatest of all time"). His workrate and fitness are such that we've every reason to expect he'll continue at that level for a few years yet; sure, he's had some niggling trouble with his ankle, but it's not something likely to prematurely end his career. And even if it might, some players are worth gambling on. It's one thing if Cole wants to move on, but the club should be very interested in holding onto him; we'll unquestionably be a weaker side without him in the squad.
Slein Jinn
Im a big fan of Cole for sure, but we have to be careful when renewing contracts for older players that, we are not getting ourselves in a situation where the player is in decline, and due to the size of the pay packet, no other club would want to pay this player that wage if we choose to sell them.. Cole does still have plenty to offer, and is in my mind still better than bertrand. Cole to still be no.1 LB this year, and then perhaps next year or year after revert to backup to Bertrand as he gets better. If cole chooses not to renew his contract with us, then he will have to leave on a free next year unfortuantly. Even if Bertrand is ready as first choice, im not sure PVA is ready - bit of a step up from dutch league to prem league - how good has he been playing over there?? 1 year contract extensions for over 30s is a good policy IMO. We already have issues trying to move players on high wages that are past it due to long contracts given when they are in decline..
BlueKiwi
I think giving Cole a year's extension would be wise for Chelsea. I personally think Bertrand's not completely ready to be first choice and I think he need's a few more games to be eased in before eventually becoming our regular. One more year playing back up to Cole will be invaluable to his development and learning as he'll be learning from one of the worlds best LB in Cole. He especially need's to improve his positioning and his decision making on when to go forward. By next season he will be completely ready. I just don't feel his development shouldn't be rushed.
Ess...DaBison
Yes Cole is 32 but as it stands, he is still arguably one of the best left full back in the world definitely in the top 3 in my opinion and he is not showing any major signs of default so why would we not offer him another 2years at least. Bertrand is very promising and its comforting to know we have a good cover for Cole. I think this is the season for him to cement his place in the first team so that by 2013/2014 Cole if we still got him could be acting as cover for Bertrand in a reverse of positions and hopefully one of our youths
Afrosoulja
Yes Cole is 32 but as it stands, he is still arguably one of the best left full back in the world definitely in the top 3 in my opinion and he is not showing any major signs of default so why would we not offer him another 2years at least. Bertrand is very promising and its comforting to know we have a good cover for Cole. I think this is the season for him to cement his place in the first team so that by 2013/2014 Cole if we still got him could be acting as cover for Bertrand in a reverse of positions and hopefully one of our youths will be ready to step up. If however Cole decides to look for big bucks like his Drogba and Anelka have done, we should send him off in fanfare because he has served us well!
Afrosoulja
what ignorance, just because he's 32 years of age doesn't mean he's dead wood. He was by far the most consistent performer for Chelsea. He deserve at least a 2 year extension to his contract...
shaf86
Drogba single handedly gave us the boost we needed last season,yet we didn't give him a 2 year extension...any player over 30 should be treated as such
Desmondadonis
Different players age differently. Different careers follow different paths. A Paolo Maldini or a Paul Scholes is no comparison to a Michael Owen or an Adriano. Dogmatism is bad no matter where it rears its ugly head. You can't paint all with the same brush.
Slein Jinn
Another thing to consider here is the FFP rulings. Any player whose contract predates the FFP system doesn't count towards the FFP limits (e.g. a player signed in 2009 with their existing contract won't be included in the profit/loss calculations). If you take a very high earner and renew the contract, suddenly you get hit by their wages for FFP (as they have effectively got a new contract). Imagine what would have happened if Drogba, Cole, Lampard, Bosingwa as well as Cech got new contracts. How much extra a week would it cost? 500k?? That would be a hit of about 26m per year! So the question remains, are some of these older players worth the risks of a multiyear contract. Simple answer is no. If a player is healthy enough then they'll be happy with continual 1 year extensions (e.g. Giggs). If they play well and stay fit then there should be no reason not to extend for a further year, and if the player really loves the club more than their pay packet then they sign and there's no problems. If the club don't renew they are free to go anywhere they wish (Russia, MLS, China??) where he wages can be high for an experienced superstar. You have to ask yourself why, other than greed, would any player in our old guards position need more than a 1 year extension on their contract?
Bizarre_Blue
He will be given the 2 year extension.
Kendemsblue
@slein jinn dogmatism is just as bad as selective justice. Like desmondadonis said, drogba wanted a 2year deal but the board insisted on it policy. Giggs & scholes have been on a 1year rolling deal for the past 6seasons and if by the end of next season they feel(and ve shown through their performances) that they can continue, they would be offered another year. Cole can be our 1st choice LB for the next 5years playing 1year at a time. If u give cole a multi year deal, then u ve to do the same for terry, lamps and others who would feel that they ve earned it. The club ve to protect itself(with FFP onboard). The policy also will continue to challenge players to be on top of their game to merit another year deal.
Chelz Akamz
And like as been infered earlier, should they decide not to accept a 1year rolling deal....we will understand. There is no player over 30years that is above replacement. It would only be a matter of time.
Chelz Akamz
well i think, one year renewable contract xtension is the best option the club can do to protect themself frm FFP. And @the same time i dnt want to lose cashley
lukakuta
Cole is a great player, but chelsea comes first than cole..So, i would like the club to offer him a 1yr contract extension with a significant pay cut...or we can leave him for free...we have able deputy for him in bertrand and also PVA if provided some match time and faith...but we should not compare cole with Lamps...Lamp is no more the same person...he is slow and is 2 yr older than cole...so, ini the next summer, if i were the board member, simply provide a 1yr extension to cole and leave lampard to move...
Blu_run
And today it is reported that Manchester United are mulling on making a bid. How pathetic rumors/things can turn to be
Kendemsblue
 

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