Reports suggest Ashley Cole has told Carlo Ancelotti that he is desperate to leave Chelsea and be reunited with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.
The 29-year-old England international left-back had a short discussion with Ancelotti about his future when he returned to pre-season training last week.
Cole said after the World Cup that he hated life in England and it is now believed he wants to move abroad following the break-up of his marriage to Cheryl and continued lurid stories about his personal life.
A source close to Chelsea told the News of the World:"It was a very amicable meeting, but Ashley made it clear that because of his personal situation he feels it is in his best interests to leave the club.
"He told Ancelotti that he will be very sad to leave and that it had been a privilege playing for the club during such a successful time in its history.
"Ashley was told that he would have to go and see the chairman, which he hasn't done yet and he has not handed in a formal transfer request.
"He knows Ancelotti wants him to stay, but he feels that moving abroad is the only way he can escape the attention after what happened with Cheryl and the other stories about his private life."
Real are believed to be willing to launch a £25million bid for the former Arsenal star.