Ashley Cole’s Chelsea career seems to be all but over, after the defender announced he expects to leave the club during the summer, Guardian reports.
Cole’s contract expires in only a month and although Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has asked the board to offer the veteran an extension, the 33-year-old is preparing to end his eight year stay at Stamford Bridge.
Cole tweeted: “I am weighing up my options for playing next season with my agent and sadly it does not look like Chelsea will be one of them.”
It is still unclear whether his statement is due to Chelsea not offering him a fresh deal, or the terms not matching his requirements.
He added: “Thank u Chelsea FC for making my 8 years there a pleasure to work all the staff and players, we’ve been through a lot, good and bad. And of course the fans, how do I start, I can only say thank u for giving the boys confidence to win some amazing trophies … And now I’ll be looking for another journey in my life hope it can be like my others full of fun and of course WIN something.”
Cole has also just recently retired from international football this month after England boss Roy Hodgson overlooked the left-back for his World Cup squad.
The former Arsenal man has played 338 games for Chelsea, winning one Premier League, four FA Cups, and one UEFA Champions League trophy.