Chelsea won't sell Cole

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Chelsea defender Ashley Cole will not be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer according to the Daily Mirror.

The 31-year-old England international was dropped by Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas for last week's Champions League last 16 first leg clash with Napoli, leading to speculation he could be sold.

Much has been said about the reported unrest within the Chelsea first-team camp, as senior players struggle to accept Villas-Boas' new ideas he is trying to implement in west London.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been a regular visitor to the club's Cobham training ground in recent weeks, and has reportedly intervened his Portuguese manager, to make clear that Cole will not be allowed to leave.

The full-back returned to the starting line-up in Chelsea's 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday, a match that Abramovich was in attendance to see fellow veteran Frank Lampard score in a man of the match performance.

Like Lampard, Cole may be approaching the latter stages of his career, but he is still widely regarded as one of the best left-backs in the world.

News of his potential availability would undoubtedly spark interest from around the globe when the transfer window reopens this summer, so it is a smart move from Abramovich to quickly quash any potential rumours.

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