Ashley Cole says he does not see himself in the Chelsea FC shirt next season and envisages an end to his eight-year journey with the Stamford Bridge side.
The retired England international, who signed for the ‘Blues’ from city rivals Arsenal in a player-plus-cash deal involving Frenchman William Gallas in August 2006, will be out of contract in June.
“I am weighing up my options for playing next season with my agent and sadly it does not look like Chelsea will be one of them,” Tweeted Cole (@TheRealAC3), who announced his England retirement, after 107 caps earlier this month.
The 33-year-old was part of the Chelsea squad who won Premier League title in 2010 as well as the 2012 Champions League.
He also won four FA Cups, the 2007 League Cup and the Europa League in 2013.
Cole signed a one-year contract extension last year, but does not look like getting another year to his Chelsea deal this summer, following a frustrating 2013/14 campaign under returning coach Jose Mourinho when he only featured in 15 league games.
He has made 229 Premier League appearances and was named player of the year for the 2008/09 season, when he won his fifth FA Cup medal as his team defeated Everton 2-1.
“Thank you Chelsea for making my eighth years a pleasure. We’ve been through a lot, good and bad,” Cole added.
“And of course the fans. How do I start, I can only say thank you for giving the boys confidence to win some amazing trophies.
“Now I’ll be looking for another journey in my life. I hope it can be like my others, full of fun and of course win something.”