Former Chelsea assistant shocked Ashley Cole has not been offered a new contract

Ashley Cole

Boudewijn Zenden believes that Chelsea should have kept hold of Cole, as the left-back looks set to leave Stamford Bridge.

Boudewijn Zenden says that he is surprised that Chelsea are allowing Ashley Cole to leave the club at the end of the season.

The experienced left-back’s contract at Stamford Bridge runs out in the summer and it appears that Jose Mourinho has decided to allow him to leave the club that he has spent the last eight years of his career at.

Zenden, who was assistant manager to Rafael Benitez last season, and therefore helped coach Cole, believes that this is the wrong decision and also said that any squad would be happy to have Cole.

“I’m a bit surprised,” the former Chelsea man said in an interview with TalkSport.

“He did really great for us last year and he is an all-round pro, he never complains and I think he’s got three lungs!

“He’s one of the players that can bring a lot to the team. He’s had a rough time of late. You’ve seen [Cesar] Azpilicueta has been playing left-back who has originally played right-back and it’s a sign.

“I don’t know why everything has happened the way it is, but he’s a very big player.”

Cole has no shortage of suitors, with eight top clubs reportedly vying to secure his services, but he certainly hasn’t had the greatest 2014 so far.

After finding his chances limited at Stamford Bridge, he has also been overtaken by Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw in Roy Hodgson’s England pecking order.

The left-back spot was one that Cole was a virtual mainstay in previously, but he has not even been selected in England’s 23 man squad to take to Brazil and, as a result, has retired from international football.

It hints that Cole, who is now 33-years-old, is starting to show signs of ageing although his recent performances in the Champions League, against Atletico Madrid belie that opinion.

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