Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he ‘thinks’ John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole will still be at the club next season, with all three players set to see their current deals expire during the summer.
The iconic Chelsea trio have made a total of 1609 appearances for the club between them and, as it stands, will become free agents when the transfer window opens on July 1. Terry and Lampard are expected to stay with the club on reduced terms, but Cole’s future has been far more uncertain.
Cole has lost his place as Chelsea’s first-choice left-back to Cesar Azpilicueta, and the England international has openly praised the quality of his rival’s performances this season. Meanwhile, Cole broke down in tears during a lap of Stamford Bridge following the final Chelsea home game of the season on Sunday - something that appeared to suggest the end is nigh.
Mourinho, however, has hinted that Cole will earn a new contract alongside Terry and Lampard, although it may be that the former chooses to pursue a move elsewhere in a bid to earn more regular first-team football.
"Again, they are with the club on their future," Mourinho told reporters following the draw with Norwich.
"I think they will play [for Chelsea] again. I think so."