BREAKING NEWS: Chelsea confirm Cole exit

By on June 9, 2010

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By Football Talk.

Chelsea have confirmed to Sky Sports News that midfielder Joe Cole will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the month. Cole is currently out in South Africa with the England World Cup squad preparing for this summers tournament, but it’s now certain he won’t be returning to Chelsea. A club statement read:

Joe will be leaving the club upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the summer.

It brings to an end Joe’s seven year stay at Stamford Bridge and we would like to thank him for his dedicated years of service and wish him well in his future career.

So with Chelsea now confirmed as being out of the race for Cole’s signature, the question is now who will snap up the hottest free-transfer this summer? Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool have all been linked with Cole in recent weeks. Reports suggest that he would prefer to remain in London, putting Arsenal and Spurs in pole position but a good World Cup could lead to interest from across Europe.

Where will Joe Cole be playing next season?

Chelsea have arranged a £25 million offer for Bayern Munich and Germany international midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a fine season for Bayern, helping lead the club to a German league and cup Double.

The Bundesliga club’s bid for a historic Treble was halted in the Champions League final, where they were defeated 2-0 by Inter Milan.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is looking to add some talented young stars to his squad and Schweinsteiger could replace countryman Michael Ballack, who is set to leave Stamford Bridge with his contract running out this month, according to The Daily Star.

The Blues have begun talks with Schweinsteiger’s representatives and are ready to offer a £4m-a-year deal to the midfielder, but the Germany vice-captain is only concerned with his duties in South Africa this summer.

“Right now I’m focusing solely on the World Cup,” Schweinsteiger said.

“All the rest doesn’t interest me.”

Schweinsteiger, who can play as a winger or a central midfielder, is under contract at Bayern until 2012.

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8 Comments

  1. Goona

    June 9, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Joe will not be signing for us because according to media reports he appears to be a money man so we can forget it unless somebody out there could make yours truly a happy gooner by telling me any different.?

  2. TRUEred

    June 9, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Another player only interested in the money, i can see him heading to Man City

  3. Dan Smith

    June 9, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I think its more to do with First team football, he’s obviously not gauranteed it at Chelsea so want’s to look elsewhere.

    I can see him ending up at Arsenal myself.

  4. jaygooner

    June 9, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Cole probably wont leave London, so that leaves only Arsenal or the spuds. Harry ruled himself out, saying a deal had been done elsewhere, so unless Cole fancies living in Cheshire or Madrid, it can only be Arsenal. Total speculation on my part, but reasoned speculation.

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  8. kriztal

    June 10, 2010 at 2:36 am

    if liverpool will sell aquilani, kyut, babel, reira and marcherano.. joe will life at there.. play a game everyweek.. ++ king kenny ( england style ). so.. he will get 100 K per week.. for 3 year contract + 1.

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