Jose Mourinho claims he was unable to find the time to speak directly with Ashley Cole before the veteran defender announced he will leave Chelsea. Cole will depart the club following the expiration of his contract next month, with his next destination yet to be divulged.
The veteran full-back leaves Stamford Bridge after eight years and 338 games of service, during which Cole was able to boast one Premier League title win, four FA Cup victories, and solitary triumphs in both the Champions League and Europa League.
It would be assumed, then, that Cole and Mourinho would have been able to discuss the situation of the former before a decision was made on his future with Chelsea. Mourinho confirms he spoke with Frank Lampard in person prior to his Chelsea exit, but the same luxury was not afforded to Cole.
“I didn’t have a chance, I didn’t have a chance,” Mourinho said when asked about Cole at a Yahoo event. “With Lampard I spoke a couple of weeks before the end of the league, with Ashley I didn’t have that chance and it was a different situation.”
Mourinho adds that he is unsure what the exact situation with Cole actually is. The 33-year-old has confirmed that he has played his final game as a Chelsea player, but Mourinho still wants to seek information on precisely where Cole stands with regards his future.
He added: “I want to see what is going on, what is going to happen but I will speak with him, yes.”
Jose Mourinho is an exclusive analyst for Yahoo’s worldwide football coverage.
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