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Tottenham boss tells club to avoid signing Ashley Cole

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Tim Sherwood believes Tottenham would be making a huge mistake if they were to sign Chelsea's Ashley Cole.

Sherwood, who is expected to be replaced at the end of the season, has instead backed Danny Rose to follow in the steps of Cole.

Cole will become a free agent in the summer after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge which has alerted the attention of Europe's top clubs.

Tottenham were said to among Cole's potential suitors, however Sherwood is confident current left-back Rose can become a top Premier League full-back.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Sherwood said on Rose: "The fans want to improve all the time but there's no guarantee that someone's going to come in from the outside and be any better than Danny Rose or any other player.

"Danny's done well. He's only young and he's still learning. He went out on loan last season and proved himself in the Premier League against our opposition.

"He had to go out and do that at Sunderland and it was a good development phase for him. But he's still got things to learn and he appreciates that, and he works hard to try to get better. He needs to improve all different factors of his game.

"Don't forget that Danny's only been a left-back for a few seasons. I had a chat with him probably three or four years ago and said that, in my opinion, if he was going to play at the top level in the Premier League, he needed to switch his position to play left-back. At first he was a little apprehensive but he's bought into it.

"I just thought he should follow the same pathway that Ashley Cole did. When he was a young kid at Arsenal he was a winger and then he got pushed back to play at left-back and he's been fantastic, and I think Danny's going the same way."

It remains to be seen if Sherwood's successor will heed his advice as Cole - even at the age of 33 - is still among the best full-backs in world football.

Tottenham's lack of interest in Cole will allow the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid to battle it out for his signature.

Cole will be focused on finishing his Chelsea career with a win on Sunday before linking up with England's World Cup squad if he is selected ahead of Southampton's Luke Shaw.

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Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur
Football
Ashley Cole
Danny Rose
Premier League

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