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

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.

Topics : Football English Premier League Chelsea Manchester City Manchester United Newcastle United Blackburn Rovers Liverpool Arsenal England Ashley Cole Frank Lampard Njazi Kuqi Mark Hughes Alex Ferguson
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