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Ashley Cole had a go at Chelsea team-mates, claims Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson

I heard Ashley Cole blast his Chelsea team-mates, claims Brentford's Donaldson

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Donaldson added: 'You couldn’t
really see that they were European champions. We set out to unsettle
them, and we did that. They didn’t really create that many chances,
which I am very surprised about to be honest, especially with the
quality of players they have got. That was down to our hard work.

'We’d
done our homework on them and we stopped them creating. We have to take
some credit for that. We’re confident, especially given their run of
form at home recently not having been the best. The pressure will be on
them again.'

The Adrian Durham column: The next Wayne Rooney? England"s kids can do better and why do Arsenal fans lie down and get ripped off?

The next Rooney England's kids can do better than that… The all-Spain XI is a total joke (so is Chamakh's loan to West Ham)… And why do Arsenal fans lie down and get ripped off

without Ashley Cole is frankly laughable. He’s now up to 99 caps, he’s a European champion and performed at a consistently high level throughout the year. David Silva’s absence is stunning – perhaps the fact that he has had no history with either Barcelona or Real Madrid meant he couldn’t be considered. Maybe those who voted didn’t realise Juan Mata started out at the Bernabeu.

The full cast: FIFA's world XI for 2012 was made up entirely of players from La Liga...

The full cast: FIFA's world XI for 2012 was made up entirely of players from teams in La Liga…

... but Spain's time at the top will come to an end, just like France's did at the World Cup in 2002

… but Spain's time at the top will come to an end, just like France's did against Senegal at the World Cup in 2002

... but Spain's time at the top will come to an end, just like France's did at the World Cup in 2002

More from Adrian Durham…

The Adrian Durham column: Mourinho ruined Joe Cole, Sam's the man to fix him… Owen acted like a Twit over trophy snaps… and Lampard shoots TOO MUCH
03/01/13

The Adrian Durham column: Keepers make mistakes so back off England's undisputed No 1 Hart… useless Liverpool need Carragher… and make Arsenal play away on Boxing Day (at Stoke)
27/12/12

The Adrian Durham Column: Reality check for Arsenal – even Peterborough have beaten Reading… Cazorla cannot touch Silva or Mata… And why Messi is a bottler
20/12/12

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And how about Ramires Voted player of the year by his Chelsea team-mates, a European champion, a regular for Brazil, and scorer of one of the best and most important goals of the year – that stunning chip in the Nou Camp in the Champions League semi final.

Surely Chelsea’s stunning achievement in Munich in May – not to mention the semi – had to be reflected in the FIFA selection

This adulation of all things Spanish is understandable. But it won’t last.

The same happened with France after their international success in 1998 and 2000. They went to the next World Cup and failed to score a goal. I made a bit of money backing Senegal to beat the French in Seoul in 2002 and here’s another prediction – Spain won’t win the World Cup next year.

Loan scattergun is an insult to loyal fans

The loan system is also a total joke. You’ve got players like Marouane Chamakh having a good chunk of his wages paid by Arsenal, while he plays for West Ham. So basically Arsenal are subsidising West Ham. If Chamakh scores the goals (don’t laugh) to take West Ham to eighth, then the prize money (755k per place last season) the Hammers earn would in part be thanks to the Gunners. Ridiculous.

Then you get the clubs who completely lose their identity. Ipswich Town for example. A great club with a rich history who this season have had eight loan players, including Daryl Murphy, now in his THIRD loan spell at Portman Road.

Loan rangers: Today's Ipswich, including temporary fixes David McGoldrick (centre) and Aaron McLean (left), is a far cry from the club's glory days under Bobby Robson (below) in the 1980s, when the Tractor Boys won the UEFA and FA Cups

Loan rangers: Today's Ipswich, including temporary fixes David McGoldrick (centre) and Aaron McLean (left), is a far cry from the club's glory days under Bobby Robson (below) in the 1980s, when the Tractor Boys won the UEFA and FA Cups

Loan rangers: Today's Ipswich, including temporary fixes David McGoldrick (right) and Aaron McLean (left), is a far cry from the club's glory days under Bobby Robson (below) in the 1980s, when the Tractor Boys won the UEFA and FA Cups

Town now have 10 strikers at the football club. (I’m not making this up). The latest are Aaron McLean, on loan from Hull City, David McGoldrick, on loan from Nottingham Forest, and Frank Nouble, a rare permanent signing from Wolves. Not one of the Ipswich loans is a young player sent out for experience by a Premier League club, which might be a positive. All are experienced pros.

One or two loans are fine, and some are necessary in an emergency. But five to six loans That’s bad management. Ipswich were never going down, and are too far off the play-off chase. So in effect they’ve signed a load of loan players who haven’t joined Ipswich Town, the club the fans love and hold close to their heart. They’ve joined any club that will give them a game.

Why do Arsenal fans lie down and take this rip-off

I can’t let Arsenal get away with it… 62 for Man City fans is cheap compared to what the Gunners robbed me of this season.

I had promised a friend a ticket to the north London derby, and as a man of my word, I followed through on my promise. It cost me 89. Yes almost 1 a minute. Luckily she’s a Gooner and got her money’s worth.

It seems a lot of Gooners are happy to be exploited by their club. Do they realise this money goes towards the wages of the aforementioned Chamakh, now at West Ham And the fans part-fund the astonishing 7million-a-year wages of Arsene Wenger, who used to be brilliant but isn’t now.

Arsenal’s big 'trophy' is meeting financial fair play rules. I’m not surprised they meet the rules when they rip the fans off and those fans lie down and take it.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Marouane Chamakh

What a waste of money: Arsenal are still paying for Arsene Wenger's mistake in signing Marouane Chamakh

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Upsetting the Apple-cart

Michael Appleton hasn’t had to do very much to be wanted has he Plenty of managers have improved their clubs – Kenny Jackett at Millwall, Mark Robins at Coventry, and Paolo Di Canio at Swindon are three examples. Appleton isn’t in that list with either of his clubs. But some influential people said he was good. So he must be.

Alex Ferguson wants investigation into Zeki Fryers Tottenham move

Furious Fergie calls for investigation into Tottenham move for ex-United kid Fryers

, but talks broke down over a 6million compensation fee for Under 23 players.

Are they buying him as an impact sub or will we see him appear in the first team

If, as predicted, Gareth Bale is sold in the summer, then they will need a player to fill in the gaps. Fryers could be their man.

How much did Spurs get him for

Tottenham are spending around 3m on Fryers, including a contract for 20,000-a-week.

Is he actually any good

Some praise him as ‘the next Ashley Cole.’ And having made appearances for England Under 16s, Under 17s and Under 19s, it suggests our national team certainly think he is.

Arthur Samuel

Ashley Cole wanted by Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson

EXCLUSIVE: Fergie lines dramatic swoop for Cole as United boss attempts to exploit Chelsea's contract conundrum

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09:32 GMT, 27 October 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to make a shock move and take Ashley Cole on a free transfer.

The Manchester United manager wants Cole at Old Trafford and is planning to take advantage as European champions Chelsea stall over a new deal for the world's best left back.

Plot thickens: Man United's interest in Ashley Cole will add spice to Sunday's top-of-the-table clash

Middle man: United's interest in Ashley Cole will add spice to Sunday's top-of-the-table clash

His interest in Cole will add another dimension to United's trip to Stamford Bridge for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash.

Ferguson is a huge admirer of Cole, 31, and has reminded his coaching staff that he is one of the few players in world football to have got the upper hand on Cristiano Ronaldo.

During Ronaldo's time at Old Trafford, Cole would show him an imaginary pocket during matches to demonstrate his influence over the Portugal winger.

Out of contract at the end of the season, Cole is also best friends with United striker Wayne Rooney.

The defender has only been offered a one-year extension by Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay which fits in with the west London club's new policy of offering only season-by-season deals to players over 30.

But with United in the market for a
left back as doubts persist over the future of Patrice Evra, it could
cost them.

Ferguson is shocked that Cole, widely regarded as the best
left back on the planet for a number of seasons, has been allowed to run
down his contract.

He has
been outstanding in Chelsea's early season run, with United anxious to
stay in touch at the top of the table by ending the leaders' unbeaten
Premier League run on Sunday.

The end of Cole's feud with Rio Ferdinand has also helped clear the way for Ferguson to sign the England defender.

Top man: Cole has been outstanding for Chelsea this season

Top man: Cole has been outstanding for Chelsea this season

Truce: Cole and Rio Ferdinand

Truce: Cole and Rio Ferdinand

The pair are expected to shake hands before the clash.

Ferguson said: 'I think Rio and his
brother Anton have done the right thing there. I think it's bubbling
along, that race issue, it's not completely going away.

Warning: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres

Warning: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres

'But the thing is the awareness is getting stronger and the PFA are,
I'm sure, doing their best to support it. The FA have to do more with
UEFA and FIFA, that's without question. As far as the actual game
itself, we just carry on concentrating on the football side of it.'

Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo has warned Fernando Torres he is not afraid to axe his 50million striker.

Torres
has scored five goals this season and shown glimpses of the form that
made him one of the most feared forwards in the world during his time at
Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.

However, his performances remain
inconsistent and Di Matteo insists that despite Torres's current status
as Chelsea's first-choice centre forward, he is not scared to drop the
28-year-old Spaniard, who cut a lonely, frustrated figure on Tuesday in
defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Di
Matteo said: 'I've shown in the past in terms of rotation of the team
(that I can drop players). I have done that with everybody.

'Maybe it
wasn't his best game (against Shakhtar). I don't think it was a question
of being happy or not being happy.

'He was in a good state of mind. He
is training well.'

Chelsea will be without Frank Lampard, who is sidelined for two weeks with the calf injury he suffered in the midweek defeat.

United have also found the Champions League costly – their Japan forward Shinji Kagawa faces four weeks out after twisting his knee in the 3-2 midweek win over Braga.

Joe Cole says Liverpool lack cutting edge

We lack a cutting edge, admits Liverpool's Cole after goalless draw against Stoke

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14:36 GMT, 8 October 2012

Joe Cole admits Liverpool have to rectify their poor goalscoring form if they are to claw their way back up the Premier League table.

Cole, who returned as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Stoke on Sunday for the first time since injuring his hamstring on the opening day of the season, conceded that Liverpool lacked a killer instinct.

Brendan Rodgers' side remain in 14th place in the table, without a win at home this season, and having scored nine goals in seven games, five of which came against strugglers Norwich.

Back in action: Cole returned from a hamstring injury on Sunday

Back in action: Cole returned from a hamstring injury on Sunday

The Reds hit the woodwork three times against Stoke, but it was the outside of the upright each time rather than a close call, and they were chances squandered rather than a case of bad luck.

'There was a bit of frustration in the dressing room after the Stoke game,' Cole told www.liverpoolfc.com.

'We felt we should have won the game with the chances we had.

'The only criticism of us that I would have was that we didn't stick the ball in the back of the net. We just lacked that final bit. We have two weeks now to work on it and we're looking forward.'

The midfielder insisted that there were elements from the goalless draw that should hearten the Liverpool players and supporters.

He added: 'There's a lot to work on but we have got to take the positives out of it. We didn't get beat and we kept a clean sheet, which was important as we haven't kept one for a long time. Now we just need to kick on.

'I know a lot of the lads are now away on international duty, but we have got two weeks to keep going, keep working on things, getting in and around the box and picking the right pass.

Goalless: Liverpool could not break Stoke's resistance at Anfield

Goalless: Liverpool could not break Stoke's resistance at Anfield

'Hopefully we can get three points at home to Reading and then we can go to Goodison (Park to face Everton) and get a result.'

He also praised Liverpool's teenage stars Suso, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom for coming through a gruelling encounter with Stoke's large and physical players.

'It was important for the young boys and I thought they were really good again,' he said. 'I think you've got to match Stoke .They're strong lads and they like to compete.

'Personally, it was brilliant to get back. You're always nervous with hamstring injuries in terms of the first time you come back in. But I felt good and I have two weeks now to work hard and get back up to a high level of fitness.'

Alan Shearer says Ashley Cole should be banned

Shearer calls for Cole to be banned from San Marino match as punishment for FA tweet

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23:16 GMT, 6 October 2012

Alan Shearer has called for Ashley Cole to be banned from England's World Cup qualifier against San Marino as punishment for his tweet describing the FA as a 'bunch of t****.'

Shearer said: 'I think the FA can put a big statement out here by actually not fining him but actually banning him on Friday against San Marino.

Ban him! Alan Shearer has called for Ashley Cole (right) to be suspended by the FA

Ban him! Alan Shearer has called for Ashley Cole (right) to be suspended by the FA

Because we've seen players fined 50,000, 60,000, 70,000. That's not a deterrent to them.

'Stopping them from playing football will be a deterrent. If they do it quickly – which they haven't done in the case, which has taken 14 months – if they do it in four to five days, I think it puts a big statement out to the rest of the players.'

Unimpressed: TV pundit Shearer believes Cole should be made an example of

Unimpressed: TV pundit Shearer believes Cole should be made an example of

Joe Cole scores for Liverpool reserves on return form injury

Cole ready to feature in Europa clash with Udinese after scoring for Liverpool reserves

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 1 October 2012

Joe Cole could feature in Liverpool's Europa League squad for Thursday’s match against Udinese after marking his return to action with a goal.

Cole, 30, out for six weeks with a hamstring problem sustained on the opening day of the campaign at West Bromwich Albion, played 59 minutes for Liverpool’s reserves on Monday and scored the opening goal in a 3-0 win over Fulham.

Back in action: Cole made his Liverpool return for the reserves

Back in action: Cole made his Liverpool return for the reserves

Manchester United and Chelsea want Lucas Digne

Man United and Chelsea keeping tabs on exciting young Lille defender Digne

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21:58 GMT, 1 October 2012

Manchester United and Chelsea scouts watched Lille left back Lucas Digne, 19, against Rennes last Friday.

Digne, who has represented France at youth levels from Under-16 up to Under-19, broke into the Lille first-team last season and has continued his good form going into this campaign.

French fancy: Lille left back Digne (right) is attracting interest from United and Chelsea

French fancy: Lille left back Digne (right) is attracting interest from United and Chelsea

United are looking to replace ageing first-choice left back Patrice Evra and brought in Dutchman Alexander Buttner this summer.

Chelsea are also looking to boost their options in that area with Ashley Cole's contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Ashley Cole says Chelsea boosted mentally by being top of the table

Cole claims Chelsea have psychological boost with place at Premier League summit

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12:31 GMT, 23 September 2012

Ashley Cole claims that Chelsea's late win against Stoke which cemented their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League is a psychological boost for the Blues.

The left-back popped up in the box to score the only goal of the game with just a few minutes remaining and now he hopes it signals the Blues' intent for the season ahead.

‘Mentally that is good for us,' he said. 'Last season we didn’t have too good a time in the Premier League, it has taken two years for us to be top of the league again and hopefully we can stay there, but it is a long way to go.'

Last gasp: Ashley Cole strikes to earn Chelsea the win

Last gasp: Ashley Cole strikes to earn Chelsea the win

The last time Cole scored for Chelsea was in 2010 against Wigan, his strike part of an amazing 8-0 win which earned his side the title.

‘It is always nice to score but it was more about the win and staying top of the league,’ he explained.

Chelsea's saviour said not having the time to think helped him score his late winner against Stoke on Saturday.

Cole, who had a impressive match, had fired a couple of wayward shots off target in the first half but was clinical as he lofted the ball past Asmir Begovic with just a couple of minutes remaining.

'I had a few shots in the first half when I had maybe too much time to think and they went over but this one came so quick that I didn’t have much time to think,' said Cole.

'The first thing that came into my brain was to try to dink it over the keeper because I thought he would go down.'

He continued: 'It was a battle. It is always physical and Stoke always make it hard for us to play our football. They defend deep with 10 men so it is hard to break them down, but for the goal it was a great move down the right and I took a chance and got in the box.'

It is said Cole is carrying a persistent ankle problem that can limit his ability to train and the England star joked after the win that 'my legs can't keep getting me up and down the pitch'. But he added on Chelsea TV: 'I feel as fit as I've ever been.'

Pure delight: Cole was ecstatic at sealing Chelsea's place at the top

Pure delight: Cole was ecstatic at sealing Chelsea's place at the top

Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo said he had recommended that the Chelsea board keep Cole at the club 'as long as they can' after watching the left-back succeed where 130million of attacking talent had failed and put the ball in the back of the net.

Team-mate Juan Mata was shocked to see it was Cole who was on the end of his clever flick.

The Spain winger said: 'I didn't know it was Ashley Cole. I guessed that someone was there.

'Luckily, it was Ashley and he chipped the ball and he showed that he's one of the best full-backs in the world.'

That is beyond dispute, although goalscoring has never been a big part of Cole's game and the left-back warned that was unlikely to change in Chelsea's new attacking system.

'I tend to stay back a little bit more,' he said.

'With the players we've got, we have to change the way we play and we have to get the ball down as much as we can and give it to people like Oscar and Eddie (Hazard) and Juan to try to make some magic.'

He added: 'When the fans watch these players, they're so exciting.
'When Oscar's getting the ball and running at defenders, when Hazard's getting the ball and running at defenders, it's exciting, and the future's looking good for Chelsea.

Impressed: Juan Mata praised his Chelsea colleague Cole

Impressed: Juan Mata praised his Chelsea colleague Cole

'This season, we've got to keep going and, hopefully, we don't get too many injuries and we keep going and keep winning games.'

Oscar and substitute Victor Moses impressed as part of a
new look Chelsea side which dominated the match, even if they left it
late to win. Cole was enthusiastic about their prospects.

He
said: 'The players that we have added to the squad are only going to
help us. They are young and enthusiastic and willing to learn off the
older players, and they have great skill and great belief in their own
ability which can hopefully help us through the season.'

Saturday's game was the first time Mata, Hazard and Oscar had started together and it was no surprise to see them struggle to click, despite their obvious individual talents.

Di Matteo was confident that persisting with the trio would eventually pay off, something that would have been music to the ears of Mata after what was the winger's first start since he was given some time off by the club.

'We have two or three more players, quality players, that like to play and I like to play with them,' he said.

'We enjoy playing and it's the way I like to play, with the ball, passing, assisting and trying to get some chances.'

Joe Cole set for Liverpool return

Cole closing in on Liverpool return, claims boss Rodgers

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UPDATED:

09:31 GMT, 6 September 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Joe Cole is closing in on a return to first-team action.

The 30-year-old midfielder has been sidelined with a hamstring injury he sustained in the club's opening-day defeat at West Brom.

Return: Cole is sidelined with a hamstring injury

Return: Cole is sidelined with a hamstring injury

But Rodgers claims Cole, who rejected a
3million-per-year tax-free offer from Russian giants Spartak Moscow to
stay at Anfield, will soon be ready to return to training.

'Joe is working well and the medical department are pleased with his progress,' Rodgers told the club's website.

'He was out onto the pitch over the
weekend doing some work, so there's still a little way to go with Joe
yet but he's on the right track, which is important.'

Oussama Assaidi, a summer signing from Heerenveen, is poised to make his Liverpool debut.

The 24-year-old signed a four-year contract last month after arriving in a 3m deal.

Rodgers added: 'He should train
today. He was due to play in the reserve game, but after training with
the reserves in preparation for the game on Sunday, he felt a little bit
of tightness.

'We're hoping in the next couple of days he'll be ready to train and re-join the group.'