Chelsea eye Ricardo Rodriguez as Ashley Cole replacement

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Chelsea are eyeing up a possible replacement for veteran Ashley Cole in the form of Wolfsburg youngster Ricardo Rodriguez.

According to German publication Kicker, the Stamford Bridge club have been lining up possible alternatives should Cole's Chelsea career come to an end in the summer.

The England left-back's contract expires at the end of the season and he was recently dropped by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, further throwing his Blues future into doubt.

Rodriguez has been very impressive since joining the Bundesliga side from FC Zurich in January 2012 for a fee in the region of €7.5million.

The Switzerland international is a technically gifted left-back and the report claims Chelsea see in him the potential to become Cole's long-term successor, though it may be not so long if the 32-year-old does not renew his contract.

£9million is the price mooted for Rodriguez, who has got 18 Switzerland caps to his name and has been an ever-present in the Wolfsburg side this season.

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