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Di Matteo eager to keep hold of Cole

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has urged club chiefs to hold on to star defender Ashley Cole.

The full-back has entered the final year of his deal at Stamford Bridge and he could decide to leave when his contract expires after only being offered a one-year extension.

Chelsea’s policy of only offering one-year deals to players over 30 could see them lose one of the world’s best defenders, with a number of high-profile sides including Manchester United looking to take advantage.

However, Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo is hoping the club chiefs will go the extra mile to keep hold of the player.

“My recommendation and wish is that he stays here,” the Italian said at a press conference ahead of the clash with Manchester United.

“He is one of the best left-backs in the world and a great asset for this club. He has got everything and has many years in front of him.”

Ashley Cole joined Chelsea in a controversial deal from Arsenal in the summer of 2006 and has since developed into one of the best left-backs in world football.

Besides making 189 Premier League appearances for the Blues, the 31-year-old has amassed a total of 100 England caps.

Sun 28 October, 2012
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