Benitez uncertain over Lampard & Cole future at Chelsea
London: Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has denied claims that Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are certain to leave the club at the end of the season.
The England duo`s contracts expire in the summer and Benitez appeared to suggest that the west London outfit would not offer them new deals in a recent press conference.
However, the Spaniard has described the confusion as a "misunderstanding", though he did admit uncertainty over whether the pair will stay.
"When I was asked the other day, maybe it was a misunderstanding or maybe my English was not good enough, but the situation I know is that they are finishing their contracts [in the summer]," he told reporters.
"Past that, I do not know. I know that Frank is happy here and he is a player that is part of the leadership, he is one of the important players, but I do not know about his future.
"So I cannot say yes or no, he will stay or he will leave, in January or even at the end of the season. At this moment, I do not know."
Benitez also refuted claims that his meeting with the club board on Friday had concerned anyone leaving Stamford Bridge.
"We didn`t talk about any players going," he continued. "The board were asking me about players coming but not about any players leaving."
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