London: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has said he is very confident veteran left back Ashley Cole will sign a new contract extension soon at the club, and hailed the England international as a club legend.
Di Matteo has no fears Cole, who scored the winner against Stoke City on Saturday, would reach January in a position to be able to pen a pre-contract agreement with a rival club.
“I’m very optimistic that it will be dealt with before that,” the Daily Mail quoted Di Matteo, as saying.
Di Matteo confirmed he had recommended to the Chelsea board that they keep Cole as long as they can before waxing lyrical about the 31-year-old, who controversially joined the club from Arsenal six years ago.
“He has become a legend - he is now Chelsea through and through. But I wouldn’t say it’s just happened recently. He’s been here many years and has contributed a lot to this club,” Di Matteo said.
Di Matteo added: “He’s a fantastic pro, which I’m not sure whether you know. Somebody that’s the first one out in training, one of the first into the building with JT [John Terry], trains every day like a professional, reliable, somebody that you could go to war with.”
“And he’s a very quiet guy as well. He’s very private at his own stuff. He’s one of the best left-backs in the world. He’s physically very good, very strong, has the ability to recover very quickly from game to game. Offers us a lot on that left hand side,” he said.