Belfast Telegraph

Ancelotti reiterates Cole stance

Carlo Ancelotti has no plans to speak to Ashley Cole about his Chelsea future - because he has no intention of selling him.

England left-back Cole has been repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, amid reports he wants to quit the UK following revelations about his private life. Blues boss Ancelotti on Friday refused to budge on his hardline stance over the 29-year-old, who is less than a year into a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

"I don't need to speak with Ashley Cole," said the Italian, before reiterating his position on the matter.

"I read that Ashley Cole wants to leave.

"My answer was I want Ashley Cole to stay at Chelsea because he's a fantastic player and there is no price for which (I would) sell him."

Ancelotti insisted he had heard nothing from Madrid about Cole, who was brought to Chelsea four years ago by their new manager Jose Mourinho.

And he rubbished comparisons with the departure of Joe Cole, who left for Liverpool last month despite the Italian having previously been confident he would stay.

"Joe Cole was a financial problem - it was not a technical problem," Ancelotti said.

"They didn't achieve an agreement with the club about his salary. This is not the problem of Ashley Cole.

"Ashley Cole has a contract - I don't know how long is his contract - and you want to respect this."


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