Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Club Would Be Wise to Keep Ashley Cole

Kathleen So@@kathleensoCorrespondent IIAugust 6, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 24:  Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Ashley Cole of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on March 24, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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If Chelsea F.C. wants to be considered a fierce competitor in the Premier League, then they would be wise to keep Ashley Cole on their roster.

The left-back is known for his aggressive defending in the backfield and attacking mindset. He is a player that Chelsea should want on the pitch, but not as an opponent.

Cole has one year left in his contract with the Blues, and if the club decides not to extend his contract, he should have plenty of other options to choose from. According to Simon Burnton of The Guardian, Paris St-Germain is looking to offer Cole a three-year contract.

Rumor has it that Chelsea is too busy in trying to acquire Cesar Azpilicueta, another right-back from Olympique de Marseille. Ashely Cole could very well sign with Paris St-Germain, or any other team that is interested in the strong full-back.

But if Chelsea sends Cole packing, they’re sure to regret it.

Cole is a world-renowned player and incredibly committed to his team at Stamford Bridge. The 31-year-old English player has been with Chelsea since 2006 and played a pivotal role for the club in their victory at the 2010 Premier League finals.

Cole is a strong defender who can also provide on the attack. During his career with Chelsea, he scored six goals and has made 181 appearances. Cole boasts an impressive track record with two league titles while he was with Arsenal and an appearance in the 2006 UEFA Champions League finals.

It’s a surprise for Chelsea to allow room for rumors and speculation. The club would be wise to lock in Cole with an extended contract. Because now, other clubs with more money and leverage have a chance to present Cole with appealing deals. Now that they know Cole is on the market, they will do what it takes to sign his talent.

Perhaps it is lucky then for Chelsea that Cole is so devoted to the Blues and his home at Stamford Bridge. But the club would do well not to wait any longer and secure Cole’s spot on the roster.

We can’t see a player of Ashley Cole’s caliber taking a back seat on Chelsea’s priority list.