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Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard are both subject to much speculation about their futures.
Chelsea FC have a policy of not offering players over 30 years of age contracts exceeding one year in length. There is pragmatism to this approach, as once players cross that age threshold, their careers are likely to be winding down, they'll need more time to recover from games and injuries will take longer to heal.
However, the flaw in this policy is that the club face losing one of the best left backs in the world on a free transfer. Frank Lampard is another player who is struggling to agree terms for a new deal despite making it clear he wants to finish his career with Chelsea.
Here's the rub. If you presented me with Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole and told me that one could stay but the other had to go, I would have to let Lampard go.
It would be incredibly sad to say goodbye a player who has given 11 years of his career to Chelsea, scored 20 goals a season from midfield year on year and played a massive part in making the team as successful as they have been.
But there's cover for him. Chelsea's midfield is packed with talent, and losing Lampard would be more of an emotional loss than a detriment to the squad.
This is not the case with Ashley Cole.
The Chelsea and England left back is always there when you need him. The number of goal line clearances and important interceptions that he makes game in, game out are vital to the squad, and losing him would weaken the side considerably.
Ryan Bertrand is not yet ready to replace him, but with a few more years working closely with Cole, he could well step up. The thing is, we'll never know unless Roman Abramovich admits that his policy is flawed, pulls his finger out and offers Cole the three-year deal he's looking for.