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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul, 28, 2006

Dein confirms dialogue over Cole Chelsea move

Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein was unable to escape the continued speculation over the future of Ashley Cole as the Gunners were handed what could turn out to be a tricky Champions League qualifying tie, most likely against Dinamo Zagreb.

The Croatian side lead Lithuanian outfit Ekranas 4-1 on aggregate, and will be the probable opponents for Arsene Wenger's men when they look to secure safe passage into the lucrative group stages of Europe's elite club competition.

The hot topic of questioning, however, at today's UEFA draw in Switzerland was whether or not England full-back Cole, 25, would be playing at the Emirates Stadium when the new seasons gets under way.

It now seems Cole, valued at around £20million, is unlikely to remain at Arsenal after criticising the way the club dealt with the tapping-up scandal which enveloped the Gunners and Chelsea last year.

Dein revealed his club have had 'a couple of very civilised conversations' with the Premiership champions over the highly-rated defender.

However, the Gunners vice-chairman insisted: 'As we speak he is our player and unless something changes he will remain our player.'

Dein told the club's official website: 'There have been certain discussions going on, but there is not much more I can say at this stage.'

Wenger has admitted he cannot guarantee Cole will still be with Arsenal when the transfer window closes at the end of August.

However, speaking on Sky Sports News, Dein maintained: 'We are not resigned to losing him - only if an offer is suitable we want to accept.'

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