Many have suspected that Ashley Cole’s time at Chelsea is nearing its end and the England left-back may also call time on his Premier League career and hop across the pond.
The 32-year-old has not shown his form of old at all this season and reports claim that he may move to the MLS as soon as next month to New York Red Bulls or LA Galaxy, who are also interested in signing him.
Cole has recently lost his place in Jose Mourinho’s side to Cesar Azpilicueta, a right-back, and the Spaniard has displayed the sort of form that will keep the veteran out of the team for the time being whilst Chelsea have been linked with a host of left-backs to replace Cole for the long-term, including promising Southampton youngster Luke Shaw.
The defender’s current deal expires at the end of the season and should the Blues seriously pursue and invest in a new first-team ready player for that position it may be difficult for Cole to get an extension, especially as his performances on the pitch haven’t warranted one so far.
It is expected that Roy Hodgson will prefer Leighton Baines as his first choice at left-back in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup but Cole would risk losing his place altogether should he make the switch to the United States during the January transfer window.
He’s not the most predictable sort so it’s hard to tell what he’ll end up doing but reports suggest that he is frustrated at being snubbed and his Twitter posts suggest that all is not well…
— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) November 26, 2013
He posted that at around 11:30pm, on the night that Chelsea were defeated by FC Basel at the St Jakob-Park ground, it seems as though he isn’t a happy boy. It was the fourth successive game that Mourinho overlooked the player but he’s playing a dangerous game if he thinks that he’ll come out best should he take on his manager with sly public digs.