Di Matteo: I want Ashley Cole to stay at Chelsea

The Blues manager expresses his hope that the England left-back signs a new contract with the European champions but understands that the board will make the final decision
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is adamant that he wants Ashley Cole to sign a new contract and stay with the club, despite reported interest from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

The left back's current deal expires in the summer, but he is subject to club owner Roman Abramovich's contract extension policy, which only permits offers of a one-year extension to players older than 30 - a main reason why Dider Drogba left the London club at the end of last season.

Foreign sides will be able to offer Cole pre-contract proposals from January and officially sign him once his time with Chelsea is over, meaning that the Blues' board only have around two months to agree on a new deal with Cole.

"My recommendation and wish is that he stays but, ultimately, the board makes the final ­decision on those issues," Di Matteo told reporters of Cole. "That's ongoing. It's something he ­discusses ­directly with the club.

"Of course Ashley could get offers in January, but that is the world of football and that's how you live in this world, in this ­industry. Nobody knows what the future will hold. Ashley still has many years in front of him. He is a fit boy and can play in every game. He is definitely one of the best left backs in the world."

Should Cole decide to reject a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge, he could potentially reunite with a former Blues boss. PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho are both said to be keen to link up again with their former charge.

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