Jose Mourinho has attempted to cool speculation that Ashley Cole may leave Chelsea by insisting that he will be offered a new contract.
Recently, the England defender has found it hard to break into the starting XI at Stamford Bridge. Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta has been preferred at left-back even though he is naturally right-footed.
The Blues' boss had previously stated that Cole had been unfit after injuring his ribs against Newcastle in early November, but the 32-year-old has been on the bench since that time.
Given that Cole's contract runs out at the end of the season there had been suggestions that the 106-cap defender may not offered new terms. However, Mourinho, who originally bought Cole to the club during his first stint in charge back in 2006, has denied that is the case.
The Portuguese boss said: "Naturally he will get his contract because he's a valuable player for us.
"Even if you are not playing every game and you are not a first-choice player, like he was always, I don't think sometimes it means that you are not well, you are not in well conditions, you are not deserving a new contract."
Cole has been a vital part of Chelsea's success since he arrived from Arsenal and is classed as one of the best full-back's in the world.
In his six years at the club Cole has won a Premier League and Champions League title along with four FA Cups and has made over 300 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals from left-back.