Benitez confirms new contract for Ashley Cole

Updated: 21 January 2013 09:26 IST

The 32-year-old Cole, one of the world's top left backs, is expected to sign his deal on Monday and Benitez says "I am really pleased

Benitez confirms new contract for Ashley Cole
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London:

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has confirmed Ashley Cole has reached an agreement with the club over a new contract, but sidestepped any talk about the future of Frank Lampard.

The 32-year-old Cole, one of the world's top left backs, is expected to sign his deal on Monday and Benitez says "I am really pleased - the paperwork has to be done but the agreement is there."

Lampard appears to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge, however, with the club yet to offer him a new contract.

Speaking after Sunday's 2-1 win over Arsenal, in which Lampard scored a penalty, Benitez said the 34-year-old midfielder is "doing a great job ... he is playing well" but stressed "it is not my decision" to extend his stay at the club.

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