Cole set to sort club future
Joe Cole is ready to find a new club claiming an unhappy final season at Chelsea was "political".
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 28/06/10 8:24am
Joe Cole is ready to sort out his club future after claiming an unhappy final season at Chelsea was down to "political reasons".
Cole admitted he was bitterly disappointed after England crashed out of the World Cup against Germany on Sunday.
The 28-year-old midfielder was limited to two substitute appearances in South Africa after also having a frustrating season with Chelsea.
Cole, whose contract with the Blues expires on Wednesday, felt his first-team prospects were hindered by off-field issues at Stamford Bridge.
But he will now begin to weigh up his options for next season, with Inter Milan and Arsenal amongst the clubs being linked with a move for the former West Ham star.
"I want to get my future sorted as quickly as possible," Cole said.
"My season for Chelsea wasn't great for what I believe were political reasons rather than footballing reasons.
"Carlo Ancelotti, I love him, I've got big respect for him. I don't want to go on into it now. It isn't the time.
"It is not financial and it is nothing to do with Carlo. I think he is a top guy and a top manager.
"I loved my time at Chelsea, I love the fans but it is a story for another day and I will tell it but now is not the time."
Cole was in and out of the Chelsea side last season, making only 14 league starts, and tended to be used in a wide role by manager Carlo Ancelotti.
But he is now hoping to find a manager willing to play him in the centre of midfield on a regular basis.
"I want to have a couple of weeks off, want to sort my future out as soon as possible, go on holiday with my family," Cole added.
"Next season I want to have a fantastic season for England and whatever club I am out.
"The next contract I sign will be a footballing decision. I want to play in a more central position.
"I want a manager who has faith in me - and I'm talking about club football here.
"It is a big decision for me and my family but I'm open to anything at the moment.
"I have purposely not spoken to anyone while I've been here because that wouldn't be fair on England.
"My phone has been turned off but now I want to sort it all out."