Lampard and Cole could head for Chelsea exit with Roman set to offer one-year deals
09:37 GMT, 30 September 2012
Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole have been told by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that they will not be offered new deals longer than a year.
The two players current deals expire at the end of the season and they will be free to talk to foreign clubs in January about a free transfer.
Elite: Ashley Cole (right) is still widely considered the best left-back in the world
According to a report in The People,
Abramovich has made it clear that Chelsea players over 30 will only be
offered one-year extensions.
Didier Drogba left for this reason last summer and the same will apply to captain John Terry in 2014 when his contract expires.
Lampard and Cole, 34 and 31 years old respectively, would prefer to stay at Stamford Bridge if they had some long-term security.
The England midfielder has long been linked with a move to LA Galazy who would be willing to bring him to the MLS on a two-year deal, while his compatriot is a target for his former boss Carlo Ancelotti at Paris St-Germain.
LA calling Frank Lampard (centre) could leave
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo would prefer to keep both of players at the club, but cannot guarantee them starting berths.
Lampard was left out of Chelsea's 2-1
victory away at Arsenal on Saturday while Ryan Bertrand's increasingly
good performances suggest he will be challenging Cole for his left-back
spot sooner rather than later.
understandably Cole still believes he can continue to play at the top
level for several years, so will only be tempted by an offer from a
serious Champions League contender.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is keeping tabs on the defender as
Patrice Evra's performances have become increasingly erratic, but Cole's
recently fractious relationship with Rio Ferdinand might make a move