Jose Mourinho has revealed that he wants Ashley Cole to stay at Chelsea but admits he may have had better offers from elsewhere.
The England veteran has struggled to get in to the team at Stamford Bridge with Cesar Azpilicueta being championed by Mourinho.
That has left to speculation regarding the Cole's future as his contract runs into its final months. He is free to discuss pre-contract's with other clubs and can leave for free in the summer.
Mourinho says that he would like to see Cole stay at the Stamford Bridge beyond this season but think others may already be trying to turn his head.
The main antagonist is Thierry Henry, who has recently admitted his desire to bring Cole over to the MLS with the New York Red Bulls.
“Yes, he [Cole] has [got a future at Chelsea]," Mourinho told reporters. "But maybe Thierry has a better proposal.
“Maybe Thierry is doing with Red Bulls the same as David [Beckham] is doing in Miami. Maybe he's buying Red Bulls! I have to ask Thierry Henry.”
Henry and Cole were both teammates in the Arsenal side that managed to go an entire Premier League season unbeaten in 2003/04.
The left-back left the Gunners in acrimonious circumstances in 2006 while Henry left for Barcelona a year later.
Cole may get the chance to pick up some game time for Chelsea in the coming weeks as a heavy fixture list stretches Mourinho's resources.