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Jul 20, 2011

Cole plans to retire at Chelsea

Ashley Cole has revealed he intends to see out his playing career at Chelsea.

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Cole joined Chelsea in 2006 and was criticised for making the controversial switch from Arsenal to their London rivals. But he has since lifted a Premier League title and three FA Cup trophies at Stamford Bridge.

The England left-back, 30, feels settled at Chelsea, despite rumours of a move to Italy or Spain, and has indicated he is willing to extend his current contract with the Premier League club which expires in 2013.

He said: "We hope to win something in the new season. I want to end my playing career with Chelsea.

"There are still many more years of football in me and I want to be part of Chelsea as this is the club that can pose a threat to all the big names in the game at all levels."

Reflecting on the appointment of former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas as manager, Cole reserved praise for the Portuguese.

He said: "We have a young manager who is somewhat on the same wavelength with the players. This is wonderful to the team.

"When we train and if we are tired the manager will stop the training and move on to other things to add spice to our training sessions. This has been good and we have come on fine so far."

Meanwhile, striker Nicolas Anelka has stated that he wants to remain at Chelsea, despite speculation linking him with a move to LA Galaxy or New York Red Bulls.

He said: "I still have a one-year contract with Chelsea and want to give my best to the team in all competitions. I can still play an important part for the team.

"There will be challenges for us to do well in the English Premier League and also in all other competitions."

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