Date:15th October 2012 at 7:14pm
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Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole is to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires at the end of the current season, according to Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail, who says that the England man has rejected a one-year extension.

Ashton believes that Cole will not accept a one-year deal under any circumstances and says that he will seek a move to another club, with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain interested and both clubs are managed by former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti respectively. Our Premier League title rivals Manchester United and Manchester City have also been linked.

Most reports suggest that players over 30 at Chelsea will not be offered more than a year due to a new contract policy at the club, something which has sparked debate and criticism amongst the fans.

Ashton went further in his piece about Abramovich telling the players that they were directly responsible for the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas and warned them that their futures were on the line. We’ve already seen a few players out the door with Didier Drogba going to China, Nicolas Anelka left last season and Florent Malouda has been frozen out, so there may be more exits on the cards.

Every report has to be taken with a pinch of salt as we’ve no idea what’s really going on behind the scenes as well as what’s in the minds of those involved, but I do think each case should be judged on its own merits and whilst I understand Lampard isn’t to be offered a deal at the age of 34, I reckon it would be unwise to allow Cole to leave for free, especially as he’s still regular for club and country.

However, Cole has long been suffering with ankle problems and this could be a factor if the club aren’t willing to offer him a multi-year deal. Cole has a specially adapted training regime and has to bathe his ankle in ice after matches, he’s handled this fairly well over the past four years but does the club anticipate his injury getting worse?

Personally, I don’t think he should be allowed to leave for free but what are your thoughts on Ashley Cole’s contact situation?

Source: Daily Mail