Ancelotti expects Cole to stay

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Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is adamant that Ashley Cole will still be at Stamford Bridge when the new season kicks off.

The England defender has been linked with a £30million move to Real Madrid following Jose Mourinho's appointment as coach of the Spanish giants.

However, Ancelotti fully expects the 29-year-old full-back to start the new campaign with the Blues rather than head to Spain where he would be reunited with his former Chelsea boss.

"I didn't speak with him, I don't need to speak with him and he doesn't need to speak to me," said Ancelotti after Saturday's 1-0 pre-season victory over Crystal Palace.

"He is a player of Chelsea, did a fantastic season for us and will be an important player for us next season. One hundred per cent."

Meanwhile, Ancelotti appears to have ruled out making a club record approach for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.

The Blues were reported to be considering an offer of £50million for the Spain striker, but Ancelotti has suggested he has happy with the striking options currently at his disposal.

"I don't think we need other strikers," he said. "Nothing has changed because in the next days come back (Didier) Drogba, (Nicolas) Anelka and (Salomon) Kalou and we have (Daniel) Sturridge."

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