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Mourinho grows impatient over Cole deal

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has urged Arsenal to make up their minds about the potential transfer of Ashley Cole before the end of the week.

The Blues have made an offer for the England international but insist they are starting to consider options.

'It is in their hands and we have to wait,' Mourinho said after a 1-0 victory over Feyenoord, which was secured by Frank Lampard's strike.

'What can I do? Arsenal has an offer from Chelsea. If they accept, they accept, if they don4t accept, they don't.

'If Arsenal decide to sell the player, that is okay. But the player belongs to Arsenal, we cannot do anything about it.'

Mourinho declared himself ready to look elsewhere 'in a couple of days' if a transfer fails to materialise soon, as he is determined that Wayne Bridge should have competition at left-back.

'We have other options,' he added.

'We are waiting for decisions but we have other options. We cannot play a whole season only with Wayne Bridge.

'If we have no solution about Ashley Cole in a couple of days, we turn the corner and we see other faces.

'Yes there is a space in our squad for another left-back because we only have one real left-back.'

Mourinho also does not expect to part company with defender William Gallas.

The French international was not included in the squad that travelled to Holland for tonight's friendly, and did not appear in the United States with the rest of his team-mates last week.

Asked whether his absence from could have any implications on his future, Mourinho said: 'No.

'As you know Gallas had an unbelievable holiday I believe.

'I hope he enjoyed it very much in Guadeloupe, which I think is a fantastic place be to for on holiday, so he wanted to stay there for a long time. He trained with us yesterday for the first time. He is not in the condition to play.'

Mourinho poured cold water on speculation he might add another striker after Hernan Crespo joined Inter Milan.

Asked whether we expects his attacking department to change before the new season begins, Mourinho said: 'No. We are just short in the back but we are working on that because we need one more player.'