Joe Cole spoke about his future following England’s World Cup elimination at the hands of Germany today.
The 28-year-old has finally broken the silence on his decision to leave Chelsea and claims it had nothing to do with wage demands but ‘footballing reasons’ instead.
“I want to get my future sorted as quickly as possible,” said Cole.
“My season for Chelsea wasn’t great for what I believe were political reasons rather than footballing reasons. Carlo Ancelotti, I love him, I’ve got big respect for him. I don’t want to go on into it now. It isn’t the time.
“It is not financial and it is nothing to do with Carlo. I love Carlo. I think he is a top guy and a top manager. I loved my time at Chelsea, I love the fans but it is a story for another day and I will tell it but now is not the time.”
Like Red London said earlier today, Cole is to hold crunch talks over his future very soon and the former Chelsea man is looking to make the best choice.
“I want to have a couple of weeks off, want to sort my future out as soon as possible, go on holiday with my family. Next season I want to have a fantastic season for England and whatever club I am out.
The crafty midfielder insists he is seeking a club where he will be allowed to play in his most preferred position.
“The next contract I sign will be a footballing decision. I want to play in a more central position. I want a manager who has faith in me and I’m talking about club football here.
Cole – who resides in London – added that his family will play a part in whatever decision he makes.
“It is a big decision for me and my family but I’m open to anything at the moment. I have purposely not spoken to anyone while I’ve been here because that wouldn’t be fair on England.
“My phone has been turned off but now I want to sort it all out.”