Cole signs new Chelsea deal

(BBC) – Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has signed a new four-year contract which will tie him to Stamford Bridge until 2013.

The left-back, who has won 74 England caps, has made 135 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Arsenal in August 2006.

He has started the new season in impressive form, scoring in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.

The move comes after Blues captain John Terry signed a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

As well as Cole and Terry, Didier Drogba, John Mikel Obi and Florent Malouda have also signed extensions at Stamford Bridge recently.

A statement on the Chelsea website said the club were ‘delighted’ Cole had signed the new deal.

Cole, who is in the England squad for Saturday’s friendly against Slovenia and next week’s World Cup qualifier against Croatia, has started every Chelsea game this season under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Since leaving Arsenal three years ago Cole has won the FA Cup twice and the League Cup once with Chelsea, as well as reaching the 2008 Champions League final where his side were beaten by Manchester United.

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