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Chelsea release Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole

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Chelsea have submitted a list to the Premier League this afternoon of 10 players released by the Blues and there are two massive names included, with Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole now officially unattached as they consider where to play next season.

Lampard and Cole have both been negotiating fresh terms with the Blues off the back of very different seasons back under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho.

Cole was forced to play a peripheral role as Mourinho opted to make Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta his first-choice at left-back for the vast majority of the campaign.

The 33-year-old has been linked with Real Madrid, Monaco and Liverpool and is clearly a proven international player still in demand, but that doesn't mean him or Lampard may not still end up at Stamford Bridge when the new campaign begins.

Lampard in particular has held extensive negotiations over fresh terms thought to include a one-year extension on a released salary, but at the time Chelsea had to submit their list of released stars to the Premier League confirmation of progress was still some way off.

Samuel Eto'o, Mark Schwarzer, Hilario and Milan Lalkovic were also on that 10-man exit list, as Mourinho looks to bring silverware back to London next season with widespread change in the first-team squad.

While Lampard still has a chance of extending his Chelsea stay it looks like David Luiz is on his way out, with the Brazilian superstar very close to agreeing a shock £50m switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

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