Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cole Happy to Finish His Career at Chelsea; Cole Fire: Chelsea Playmaker Joe Cole Insists He Would Be Delighted to See out His Playing Days at Stamford Bridge, but Defender Tal Ben Haim (below) Looks Certain to Be on His Way after a Fall-Out with Manager Avram Grant

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cole Happy to Finish His Career at Chelsea; Cole Fire: Chelsea Playmaker Joe Cole Insists He Would Be Delighted to See out His Playing Days at Stamford Bridge, but Defender Tal Ben Haim (below) Looks Certain to Be on His Way after a Fall-Out with Manager Avram Grant

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Byline: Simon Johnson

JOE COLE today insisted he wants to stay at Chelsea for the rest of hiscareer, as defender Tal Ben Haim moved closer to the exit door with a witheringattack on manager Avram Grant. Cole, 26, has two years left on his contracthaving signed a new deal in 2006, but is looking to commit himself to the clubfor the long term.

He said: "If I was to finish my career at Chelsea, I'd be delighted. I haveplayed well this season and it will be my best for the club if we winsomething.

"But the next five to six years will see the best of me. Hopefully I will playfor a long time because I am not someone who relies on pace. I'm someone whoalways puts his heart and soul into every game I play. I'd hate to ever fallout with the fans or for anything to go wrong.

"I have a great relationship with the fans and it is great to be playing undera manager who really believes in me." But the same can't be said for defenderTal Ben Haim, who has admitted he never would have joined the club if he knewGrant was going to take charge.

Ben Haim was signed by former manager Jose Mourinho on a free transfer fromBolton in the summer, but has been frozen out by Grant and is playing for thereserves.

He said: "Jose Mourinho is the reason I came to Chelsea and if I knew AvramGrant was going to be the coach then I would have signed for another club.

"It was Jose who brought me here and I know the conversation we had when hetried to sign me the first time a year ago last January. While Jose was thecoach I played most of the games and people who know me know that I would nothave come here to be a reserve. I knew that nothing good would come with Grantas Chelsea coach." Ben Haim is almost certain to be put up for sale in thesummer as part of a major clear-out of the squad assembled by Mourinho. …

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