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CONFIRMED: Jose Mourinho allows another top Chelsea star to leave


cole-aef7Chelsea have confirmed on Tuesday that their star defender Ashley Cole will leave Stamford Bridge.

The 33-year-old’s contract expired on June 30 and the Blues rejected a chance to offer him a new deal. He leaves the club as a free agent.

The statement on Chelsea’s official website read,” Chelsea Football Club today says goodbye to Ashley Cole, a player who contributed enormously to the highly successfully period in our history in which we were crowned champions of Europe and won the League and Cup double for the first time.”

“Cole, whose contract came to an end yesterday, was a Chelsea player for eight seasons, making 338 appearances, 13 of those as a substitute, and finding the net seven times.”

The left-back made a switch to the West London club in 2006 after spending eight years at Arsenal. With his first team appearances being limited during the 2013-14 season, Cole’s time at Stamford Bridge was nearing to an end.

The Blues manager Jose Mourinho deploy right-back César Azpilicueta in the left-back position, which saw Cole spend time on Chelsea’s bench. His lack of playing time saw him also being dropped from Roy Hodgson’s squad for the World Cup, where England crashed out of the group stages.

After his omission from the Three Lions’ squad, Cole announced his retirement from international football earlier in May.

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Comments (15)

  1. Thank u all 4 jobs well_done, we wish u success in ur new clubs!!!

  2. He came, he saw, he conquor. Ashley Cole is a legend, forever you will be in our heart.

  3. Thanx cole for the good work uve done at the bridge wish u succes

  4. For ever will be grateful@A. COLE

  5. We will miss you Ashley, your contributions to our success can never b forgotten. I wish you all d best and pray you play better in your new club.

  6. We appreciate what you did for Chelsea fc and wish you success in your new endeavor .

  7. it is high time he try another side of his coin.good luck

  8. Good bye Legend! Very tough to see all the great players leaving, end of an era!

  9. Thank u cole for what you have done for us goodbye legend

  10. Is hard to say good bye to a legend like Cole who has contributed massively to our success…I wish U best of luck, Gud bye!

  11. I’ll never say gud bye to you legend op you come back again n make the blues one of our best teams in Europe.

  12. Is hard to say good bye to a
    legend like Cole who has
    contributed massively to our
    success…I wish U best of luck,
    Gud bye!

  13. mourinho has a way of killing players.There was absolutely no reason for him to bench Ashley Cole for almost all the matches that chelsea played last season because of Azpilicueta though we admit he Azpilicueta did well but Mourinho should not have played him in all the matches leaving Ashley Cole on the bench both in small and big matches.We know that Cole is in his 30-something,but for God’s sake Ashley Cole still plays good football and he is very experienced but Mourinho treated him as if he has lost everything in him.It cost him his place in the world cup and probably his market value.GOODBYE LEGEND

  14. goodluck cole. d great chelsea legend.

  15. eh yah,All time best left full back And Blues Legend, Gonna miss your impact in Chelsea squad…. Wish you well……DORO COLE..