Mourinho: Cole and Lampard WERE offered new contracts

Jose Mourinho has revealed Chelsea did offer new contracts to both Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, reports the Metro.

The duo have both left Stamford Bridge this summer, with Lampard ending his 13-year-association with the club and Cole departing after eight years.

Reports today suggest Lampard is on the verge of a shock loan move to Manchester City, whilst Cole has already joined Roma.

And Mourinho says that whilst both were offered new deals, it is probably in the best interests of all parties to see both players move on.

‘They were [offered new deals],’ the Chelsea boss revealed.

‘We were in this process until the end, but you arrive into a moment [where you ask] what’s the best for the team? What’s the best for the other players? What’s the best for them?

‘And it depends also on their mentality.

‘Lampard and Ashley, they will be until the last day players to compete, to play every game, to be involved.

‘I think they are happier – in spite of their love for Chelsea – in this new situation for them.

‘The best way for competitive people like them to be happy, to enjoy the last part of their career, is to go and play.’