London - Power lies with the player on a free. Jose Mourinho claims Ashley Cole may stay at Chelsea, although that is news to the left back. There is strong interest from Liverpool, and an enquiry from Manchester City.

Most of the Barclays Premier League would take Cole, 33, given half a chance. So he is not short of options, with interest also coming from abroad.

Hopefully he will find a club to satisfy his needs and banish the idea it might be a good time to call it a day.

Daily Mail