Cole's feeling the Blues with England ace set to sign new one-year Chelsea deal
18:09 GMT, 19 January 2013
21:50 GMT, 19 January 2013
Roman Abramovich has offered an olive
branch to hostile Chelsea fans by handing England defender Ashley Cole a
new contract to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer.
Abramovich, shaken by demonstrations
against interim manager Rafa Benitez and the decision to let Frank
Lampard leave at the end of the season, has awarded Cole a one-year deal
worth 8million with an option to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond that.
Snow more talk: Ashley Cole is set to sign a deal prolonging his Chelsea career
Cole, 32, will sign the contract
this week and his decision to remain rather than accept the advances of
Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, will delight Chelsea fans, who
feared the old guard was being dismantled by the Russian owner.
Cole has won every major trophy at
Chelsea, including the Premier League and Champions League, after
joining the club in controversial circumstances from Arsenal in 2006
under Jose Mourinho.
He has been courted by some of
Europe's top clubs, who recognised that the left-back capped 99 times by
his country would have been one of the best Bosmans of the summer.
Cole has said in the past he does not
see himself playing on to his mid-thirties so this contract could see
him end his career at Stamford Bridge.
Blue is his colour: Cole has been at Chelsea since his split from Arsenal in 2006
But his signing will give Chelsea a much-needed feelgood factor ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal at lunchtime today.
There has been widespread abuse aimed towards Benitez since he replaced Roberto Di Matteo earlier this season.