Roberto Di Matteo wants Ashley Cole to stay at Chelsea

Di Matteo wants Cole at Chelsea
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Roberto Di Matteo urges Chelsea to extend Ashley Cole's contract amid interest from Manchester United.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has urged the club's hierarchy to keep Ashley Cole amid rumours that the left-back has rejected a new one-year deal.

Cole's contract runs out next summer and he has been linked with several clubs, including Manchester United.

The 31-year-old is thought to be holding out for a longer contract and Di Matteo believes that he should get one.

"Of course I want him to stay here," the Italian told the Daily Mail. "That is something that they have to sort out between the two parties, player and club.

"He's a fit boy, he plays every game or he can play every game, so he has many years in front of him.

"My point is that I would like him to stay. Ultimately I make recommendations [but] the board makes the final decisions on these issues."

Chelsea face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

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