Chelsea star reportedly to sign for Real Madrid this week – good move?

Ashley Cole

El Confidencial has claimed that Ashley Cole’s representatives have opened negotiations with the Spanish club over a move in the summer.

Ashley Cole’s fall from grace this season has been nothing short of extraordinary, with the veteran England defender losing his place in the Chelsea team and having to watch the bulk of the campaign from the bench.

With Cesar Azpilicueta now firmly first-choice at left-back, Cole looks set to depart Stamford Bridge this summer once his contract expires.

The latest report from Spain claims that the former Arsenal defender is set to sign for Real Madrid, with pre-contract negotiations already under way.

El Confidencial has claimed that Cole’s agent Jonathan Barnett has travelled to Spain this week, with negotiations over a two-year contract for the star in full flight.

The report claims that the Chelsea man will be awarded wages in the region of €4 million per season, with the player keen to move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti knows Cole well from his time as Chelsea manager and is said to have taken a personal interest in ensuring the deal is concluded.

The Spanish giants have Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao at left-back currently, but the Portugal international’s future in the Spanish capital has been a point of contention for some months.

For Cole the appeal of playing for one of Europe’s biggest clubs will be a major drawcard, while the ageing defender will prefer the two-year deal to a solitary 12 months.

However, with the star’s place in the national set-up also in jeopardy, whether Cole would get more time on the pitch at Madrid than he has done in England recently remains to be seen.

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