Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has rejected the increasing clamour regarding his possible move away from Stamford Bridge over the summer, suggesting that talks have been kicked off between the player’s representatives and the Blues over a brand new contract for the 31-year old.
Cole, who has only 12 months left on his deal with the reigning European champions, was heavily speculated to have pulled out of contract talks with the club after they turned down the fullback’s demands for a bumper new £200,000-a-week deal.
Ligue 1 free-spenders Paris Saint-Germain, managed by former Blues’ manager Carlo Ancelotti, were reported to be the club closest to landing Cole, while Real Madrid and another former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho were also reportedly keeping tabs on the player.
However, Cole clarified on social networking site Twitter that talks with the Blues regarding a new deal for him were well on their way, while also quashing rumours of his payday demands.
The left-back wrote: “Contract talks have not stalled just started, and 200k are you for real, I’d never ask for that..”
This statement was close on the heels of another made by Ancelotti last week, who suggested that the Parisian club’s transfer dealings for the summer were over, and that Cole was not a target for the club.