Cole could be seen crying as the Chelsea squad completed their lap of honour after the final home game of the season - is this proof that he is set to leave?
Ashley Cole was spotted crying as Chelsea embarked on their lap of honour, following their final home game of the season against Norwich, sparking rumours that he is set to leave the club this summer.
Cole’s future at Stamford Bridge is uncertain, with the veteran left back’s contract expiring at the end of the season, but this could be the clearest indication that he is set to depart the club where he has spent the last eight years of his career at.
He was clearly emotion as he walked around the Stamford Bridge pitch and he even had to be consoled by club captain and England team-mate John Terry at one point.
If it is to be his last game at Chelsea’s home ground then it was not the ending that Cole would have been hoping for. He may have been handed a start, which has been rare this campaign, with Cole losing his place to Cesar Azpilicueta, but it was also the game where the London club’s title ambitions effectively ended.
Needing a win to put the pressure on title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, Jose Mourinho’s men were not able to break down a resolute Norwich back-line and stumbled to a 0-0 draw that leaves them looking dead-certs to finish third.
As a result it is known that Mourinho is hunting for summer additions to strengthen his squad and one of those is thought to be Atletico Madrid’s left-back Felipe Luis.
If he was to be brought to the club it would resign Cole to third-choice left-back and it would, therefore, be unlikely that Chelsea would opt to keep the experienced England international, despite his stellar performances for them for such a prolonged period of time.