Jose keeping Cole
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho denies that Carlton Cole could leave on loan.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has laid to rest any suggestions that Carlton Cole could leave Stamford Bridge on loan in the January transfer window.
The young English striker has not featured on a regular basis for the Portuguese boss this season, and has been linked with a winter loan exit.
However, with Didier Drogba expected to travel to the African Cup of Nations, leaving Hernan Crespo as the out-and-out striker, Mourinho says he is keen to keep the starlet.
Moreover, Mourinho expressed his belief that previous loan spells had done little to foster Cole's development, insisting the player was also keen to stay at Stamford Bridge.
"His evolution at Charlton was zero, his evolution at Aston Villa was zero, his evolution in Chelsea is good. He is better now," said Mourinho.
"I spoke to Villa boss David O'Leary a few times last season, he told me Carlton's motivation wasn't the highest and asked if he had some problems.
"He has motivation now, I think his dream was to play for Chelsea.
"He knows his role in the team, he knows at the moment he is not first choice, but he has played in four straight games and will play again on Saturday.
"Carlton knows he is staying until the end of the season.
"I won't open my door for him to go.
"I spoke with him a few times because I always tell him when we get enquiries to take him on loan.
"He says he is happy here and would rather stay.
"He's at home, he's happy and he's under our control."