Ashley Cole will fight for Chelsea future

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Chelsea defender Ashley Cole reportedly has his heart set on earning a new deal at Stamford Bridge this season, refusing to entertain the possibility of pursuing a lucrative move abroad in the Autumn of his career.

Cole has been a permanent first-team fixture since making the controversial switch across London from Arsenal to join the Blues in 2006, making more than 300 appearances in all competitions.

The 32-year-old's place has been far from assured so far this season, but he is thought to remain relaxed about his future under Jose Mourinho and wants to fight for a regular starting spot beyond next summer, according to The Telegraph.

Mourinho decided to leave Cole on the bench for last weekend's clash with Southampton, with the England centurion still recovering from a rib injury.

The Blues boss has a series of tough decisions to make over a string of senior players who have been leaders in the Chelsea room for at least a decade, with Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry all out of contract at the end of the current campaign.

Cole will also be battling to retain his place at the heart of England's defence in the run-up to next summer's World Cup finals, with Leighton Baines pressing home his claims for the England left-back berth during last month's qualifiers.

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