Ancelotti wants reunion with world-class Chelsea star at PSG
Carlo Ancelotti enjoyed a successful two-year tenure at Chelsea, and now in charge of PSG, the Italian coach is intent on luring one of his former Blues stars to Paris.
Ashley Cole is the player in question, and with his Stamford Bridge contract due to expire in July, Cole is free to negotiate with other clubs from January.
It is believed that discussions have already took place between the player and Ancelotti however, as reported in French newspaper Le 10 sport.
Roberto Di Matteo is desperate to keep hold of Cole, but Chelsea’s policy of offering only one-year contracts to players over the age of 30 could prove a stumbling block.
Cole, now 31, would prefer to sign a two-year extension to his Blues contract, but will consider other options if that fails to materialise.
It would appear nonsensical for Chelsea not to tie down a player still widely renowned as the world’s best left-back, but Roman Abramovich may be unwilling to compromise his principles.
And should that be the case, PSG could fend off competition from Real Madrid to land the former Arsenal full-back, who has 99 England caps to his name.
A move to Paris could tempt Cole, with astronomical financial incentives and the opportunity to join a fast-growing, ambitious squad possibly proving too difficult to resist.
That notion has been outlined by Cole’s former Arsenal team-mate Robert Pires, who told Le 10 sport, “Paris could be interesting for him, at a sporting level and a financial level.
“I think he could say OK to Paris. The plans attract him, I know him well and I’m sure he is interested.”
Manchester United are another club wishing to be kept abreast of developments regarding Cole’s future meanwhile, and could be braced to make a January bid.
However, it is though that Cole’s preference would be to remain at Chelsea, should the club make an exception to their regular ‘rules’ regarding players aged over 30.
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