Much like Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa who has had injury problems, Ashley Cole hasn’t had the best time of late.
His much publicised personal problems were followed by a humiliating World Cup campaign for England and many world cup final betting pundits are suggesting that a fresh start might be in order for the Chelsea man.
With reference to this, it is worth nothing that Real Madrid are reportedly ready to step up their interest in Cole. It is understood that they have already made a £25million bid for him and are willing to push this fee up some more if necessary.
With Cole being one of the best left-backs in the World, Chelsea obviously want to keep hold of him, but you have to consider that he will be tempted to move abroad.
At 29-years-old, he is at the peak of his career and if he doesn’t take the opportunity soon, he might not get another one. His frustration at the media invading his private life are clear to see, so maybe he thinks a new life in Spain will help him concentrate on his football.
Real Madrid manager Mourinho signed Cole from Arsenal in 2006 too, so the pair know each other well and like many Chelsea players, Cole would have enjoyed working with ‘The Special One’.
Nothing will happen for a while though. At the moment, whilst you start thinking about your potential 2010 world cup semi final bet, Cole is on holiday for three weeks.
Much more will be known when he returns to pre-season training. How well he settles back into life at Stamford Bridge will have a major influence on the England man’s future.