Cole ramps up Real interest as Chelsea defender's agent flies to Spain for Madrid talks
00:41 GMT, 11 January 2013
07:48 GMT, 11 January 2013
Ashley Cole's agent has flown to Spain with a view to speaking to Real Madrid about a possible move for the Chelsea defender.
The 31-year-old's contract ends this summer and, like Blues and England team-mate Frank Lampard, he has been told by Chelsea's hierarchy he will not be offered another.
Real deal: Ashley Cole's agent has flown to Spain for talks
Cole has set his sights on a Spanish swansong with Real Madrid or Barcelona despite interest from cash-rich Paris St Germain.
PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti has made no secret of his desire to sign Cole. The pair worked together at Stamford Bridge and they could be reunited in the summer even if Cole opts for a move to Spain.
Ancelotti is under severe pressure and he could leave the club in the summer to take over at Real Madrid. The Italian is on the short-list to take over from Jose Mourinho, who has fallen out with the club's board.
Bargain buy: Cole will be a free agent in the summer
Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly wants to bring Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard to
Manchester United in the summer as he looks add experience to his squad.
The Blues have told Lampard his contract will be not be renewed at the end of
the season, despite his fine form.
Midfielder Lampard, 34, is reportedly keen on a move to Old Trafford,
although left-back Cole's thinking on his future is unclear.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, selected in FIFA's team of the year on Monday, has been banned for five matches after being sent off and insulting the referee in the King's Cup victory over Celta Vigo on Wednesday.