Ashley Cole contract worth £200,000 a week?

Chelsea soccer player Ashley Cole watches the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons NBA basketball game at the 02 arena on January 17, 2013
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Chelsea defender Ashley Cole's contract extension at Stamford Bridge makes him the highest paid defender in world football at £200,000 a week, according to reports.

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole's new contact at Stamford Bridge is reportedly worth £200,00 a week, making him the highest paid defender in world football.

Cole ended recent speculation over his future by signing a one-year contract extension last weekend despite being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich has agreed to a pay increase because he feels that it would cost more than £15m to replace Cole in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Chelsea are expected to formally announce Cole's contract extension before Wednesday's League Cup decider against Swansea City.

The 32-year-old played for Chelsea yesterday in their 2-1 win over his former club Arsenal.

Ashley Cole taking a throw
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