Ashley Cole has been an integral part of the Chelsea back line for as many as seven years now. It is nearly impossible to think of a Chelsea dream team without him filling in at left back. However, all good things must come to an end and Cole too, is reaching the fag end of his career. He’s still got a lot of spunk and plays with the same youthful exuberance he had when he arrived from Arsenal in 2006. Though sometimes his body doesn’t agree with him and his age catches up. A replacement has to be found and Chelsea have been looking keenly for one.
The Gillingham youth product, Ryan Bertrand is very promising but still needs to work on his trade a little more. The Blues were linked to the Saints youngster Luke Shaw, but that path seems to be a dead end (for now). Chelsea have now turned their attention towards Real Madrid’s left back Fabio Coentrao according to the Daily Express. The Portuguese has 36 appearances for Los Blancos this season with mixed results.