Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is set to leave the club this summer, ending his long stay at Stamford Bridge, and it's believed at least eight clubs are ready to offer him a contract, including Serie A side AC Milan.
The England international confirmed on his official Twitter account this week that his future is away from Chelsea after they failed to offer him a new deal, and he is now preparing to look to the future and find himself a new club, ending his successful career in west London.
Cole has helped Chelsea win Premier League titles, a Champions League, a Europa League, FA Cups and also a League Cup, but he insists that he's now ready to look towards the future and find himself a new club where he can keep on winning things. Due to the club's over-30 policy, they would have only offered Cole a 12-month deal, but instead, they chose to let his contract run down and lose him on a free, rather than extend his deal, like they have reportedly done with duo John Terry and Frank Lampard.
Now essentially being a free-agent, a whole host of clubs are ready to offer him deals and the 33-year-old will have a list of top clubs to choose from.
Currently sitting on £130k-a-week, the English left-back is keen to earn roughly the same amount at his new club and he is also desperate to have regular first-team football after he spent most of this season sitting on the bench under Jose Mourinho. The eight clubs that are reportedly interested in Cole include Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham, AS Monaco, AC Milan, New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy.
However, it's believed the left-back does not want to move to another English team as a mark of respect to the Chelsea fans, so that all-but rules out Liverpool, Arsenal, City and Spurs, leaving just Monaco, Milan and the two MLS sides.
If Cole is keen to remain on his high wage, that could also rule out the American sides as they may not be able to afford to sign him, and may want him to take a pay-cut to join, which is something he wouldn't be open to.
Currently, AS Monaco are in the lead for his signature due to them being able to offer him a big contract and also a tax-free contract which has helped the club attract stars like Radamel Falcao before.
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