Andre Villas-Boas gets full backing

Chelsea full back Ashley Cole has maintained that new coach Andre Villas Boas’ age is not a problem and that the Stamford Bridge squad will respect his authority. The 33-year-old has moved to London following leading Porto to an impressive double in 2010/11, and the England man hopes this success will follow him to The Blues.

“Age is just a number, he has experience of being at Porto, a big club,” the 30-year-old told Sky Sports News. “Hopefully he can bring that glory to Chelsea, but I don’t think the age thing is anything to worry about, I don’t think the players think about that. He is our manager now and we have to go out and fight for him. Whatever manager comes in we respect him, we are not kids, everyone thinks there are egos at Chelsea, but there aren’t and we have to make Chelsea the squad of a few years ago and win trophies.”

Despite being linked to a number of leading players including Brazilian forward Neymar and Tottenham’s Luka Modric, it has been a quiet transfer window for the traditional big spenders thusfar; the ex-Arsenal left back hopes this changes soon.

“We just fell short last season, we had a lot of injuries so hopefully if we do bring players in we can strengthen the squad and kick on because we’ve got so many great players at Chelsea that we should be winning the league two times on the trot, which we didn’t,” he continued.

“I think all teams would love to see fresh faces, but the age thing, it creeps up on players and as you get older you get knocks more and things like that. But they’re very professional players at Chelsea and if we can add to that with maybe some younger players I don’t see why we can’t improve on last season and win the league, win the Champions League and win the FA Cup because we’ve got the players to do it.

“A lot of players’ dreams are to win the Champions League. I have played in two finals, but of course we want to win – but we want to win any trophy.”

Chelsea start pre-season this week at their Cobham training ground ahead of a trip to the Far East for the Asia Trophy, which starts on July 21st.