Leonardo rejects Cole talk
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has rubbished reports that they will attempt to lure Ashley Cole away from Chelsea during the January transfer window.
Cole is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, and interim boss Rafael Benitez appeared to reveal during one of his opening press conferences as manager that the England defender would depart the Blues in the summer.
Benitez has since moved to clarify those comments, suggesting Cole could yet stay at Chelsea beyond his existing deal, but neither Cole nor Frank Lampard - another in his final year - have yet agreed new terms.
Big-spending PSG are currently managed by Carlo Ancelotti, who previously coached Cole during his time at Chelsea. But Leonardo insists any report of a move in the transfer market is based purely on that.
"We have never spoken with Ashley Cole, there has never been any contact," Leonardo told the media.
"Carlo was his coach at Chelsea, that's why that story is doing the rounds."
Leonardo also quashed talk of a move for Wesley Sneijder, saying: "Sincerely, we have never contacted Wesley Sneijder to come to PSG - we have five players in his position already."
However, with the backing of wealthy new owners Qatar Investment Authority, PSG are open to the possibility of adding their squad this month. Brazil international Lucas Moura has agreed to join from Sao Paulo, and his compatriot Leonardo believes more new faces may follow.
“The transfer window is always strange, you never know what can happen,” he said in quotes reported in L'Equipe.
“We need to see whether players will leave, then we will look at the issue. If things stay as they are, we will not touch anything and then Lucas will be the only signing. But if players leave and there are opportunities, then we'll see.
“There are players like (Guillaume) Hoarau, Nene, (Diego) Lugano, (Siaka) Tiene and (Mohamed) Sissoko who could leave and we will see what happens in the coming days.”