Manager Jose Mourinho called Ashley Cole a Model Professional and expects the Leftback to stay at Chelsea beyond the end of the current season. Cole who will soon be celebrating his 33rd birthday has fallen down the pecking order with Jose preferring Cesar Azpilicueta at leftback. Cole’s current contract expires at the end of the season but Jose is convinced that Cole has a future at Chelsea and expects him to stay.
“I know him well, it’s easy to feel he’s not happy with the situation but the way he trains and behaves, he’s a super professional.”
“He’s a fantastic guy, full of respect of me and the players and he will start tomorrow [against Steaua]. Naturally with the evolution of the season, he will play in matches, Can he recover or not 100 per cent his position? I don’t know. But he will always play and he will always be a good player.”
“I think sometimes even if you are not playing every game and not first choice player like he was always, I don’t think it means you are not well and not deserving a new contract and tomorrow he will show he is fine. Naturally he will get his contract because he is a valuable player for us.”
Chelsea are set to face Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge with a win needed to seal the top spot and finish as group winners.