Undervalued Cole could do an Italian job

Chelsea star Joe Cole has some tough choices to make this summer. With his contract having less than 3 months left, Cole could very well leave Stamford Bridge. Whilst Tottenham Hotspur have been mooted as a possible destination for the England international, how would Joe Cole fair upon a move to the continent?

The playmaker’s career at Chelsea seems to be in the balance. Roman Abramovich will not budge on his cost cutting methods. The Russian billionaire is believed to have denied Joe Cole the parity in wages he wants with the likes of Frank Lampard and John Terry. Joe Cole has been a loyal servant to the club through one of its most successful periods and at 28 years old; it will be his last big contract. Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be monitoring the situation and are keen on taking Cole to North London.

It remains unclear whether Joe Cole would relish a move to Tottenham Hotspur. A club battling for fourth instead of the Premier League title. I think the Chelsea winger should consider a move abroad. He will have no shortage of suitors from Italy and Spain and has all the skills to succeed at the top level in these countries as he has in the Premier League.

AC Milan were believed to be showing an interest in Cole a few months ago and were keen to begin talks with his representatives over a deal for him to join the Italian giants. So far Joe Cole himself has ignored advances from any club as he will not discuss his future until after the season ends. Whilst Milan is currently in the midst of change, the move could be an exciting prospect. Joe Cole has all the attributes to be one of the best players in Italy. He is quick, versatile, and his technical ability has always been more in suit with the continent than England.

The lure of playing with the likes of Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato could almost certainly turn Joe Cole’s head. Furthermore if David Beckham is at Milan again, he has help integrating into the Italian set up. Cole is going to have to make a decision whether he believes he could improve as a footballer if he moves abroad. I think he could, whilst the Premier League is the best league in the world. Some of our players should try their hand abroad more often. It could improve people’s games.

Spain will also be calling for Joe Cole though I find a move here to be less likely than Italy. Purely because Barcelona and Real Madrid do not appear to be in the running for the Chelsea playmaker. Even if they were he would be in the same situation as he is at Chelsea. Coming off the bench. Valencia is in dire financial straits and must sell this summer. Apart from those three clubs I doubt Joe Cole would even consider a move to Spain.

Milan may have been humbled considerably by Manchester United in the Champions League, but they are only one point off current Champions Inter. Joe Cole could easily bag a few Serie A titles in his time in Italy. The birth of his daughter only a few months ago and his partner Zoe Zucker will obviously play a key role in whatever Joe Cole decides. But does he want to stay on the periphery at Chelsea, take a step down by moving to Tottenham Hotspur or begin a whole new adventure abroad? Cole certainly has the skills and attributes to set Serie A alight.

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