CHELSEA manager Roberto Di Matteo has admitted to being “very optimistic” about the prospect of defender Ashley Cole signing a new contract to commit to the club.
The England left-back’s present deal has only 10 months remaining and he has been linked with a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain under former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti. From January he will be in a position to discuss pre-contract agreements with other clubs but Di Matteo is regardless confident he will stay.
“I’m very optimistic that it will be dealt with before [January],” the Italian said. “He’s one of the best left-backs in the world.
“He’s physically very good, very strong and has the ability to recover very quickly from game to game. He offers us a lot on that left-hand side.
“He’s a fantastic pro, which I’m not sure whether you know.
“He’s somebody that’s the first one out in training, one of the first into the building with John Terry and trains every day like a professional. He is reliable, somebody that you could go to war with.”