Cole focused on World Cup
Joe Cole insists he is focused on helping England to World Cup glory after Chelsea confirmed his seven-year stay was coming to an end.
By Rob Parrish
Last Updated: 10/06/10 10:09am
Joe Cole insists he is only focused on helping England to World Cup glory after Chelsea confirmed his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge was coming to an end.
The talented midfielder, who is currently in South Africa preparing for the global showpiece, will become a free agent on 1st July when his Blues contract expires with negotiations over a new deal in West London having broken down some time ago.
Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been linked with a summer move for the creative Cole, who joined Chelsea from West Ham in a £6.6million deal in the summer of 2003.
But Cole claims he is leaving the future of his club career in the hands of his agent and does not want any distractions to his international ambitions with England's opening game against USA on Saturday evening looming large.
He said: "I'm just focused on the World Cup, I will leave that (his club future) with my agent. I want to get my head down, try and train well, try and play well. My future will sort itself out.
"It's a story to be told another day. I just want to do my best for England over the next few weeks."
Cole hinted that one reason for his Chelsea exit was a lack of regular action under Carlo Ancelotti, with the Italian rarely using the 28-year-old on a regular basis after he recovered from a cruciate knee injury suffered in January 2009.
And he admitted that he feared he would be overlooked for the tournament this summer as Capello rarely selects players who are not granted consistent time on the field for their clubs.
He said: "It is tough for the manager to pick a player when I wasn't playing regularly - rightly or wrongly - at club level.
"There were times with Chelsea last year when I got back to my best. I had four or five games in a row in January. I need to play games continuously.
"It crossed my mind I might not make it to this tournament, but now I've got into a position where there is a chance I could be playing, so it is fantastic.
"I've always felt I've acquitted myself well for England, I've had a good England career so far. I enjoy international football, I like the pace of the game.
"I never feared my England days were over. I am very confident in my ability.
"I'm back to my best and I want to show it at this World Cup and play even better than I did at the last World Cup."