Cole rejects contract stall rumours
Ashley Cole insists discussions over a new Chelsea contract have 'just started'
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has rejected rumours that contract talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge have stalled.
Cole's future has been the subject of speculation with the 31-year-old entering the final year of his Blues contract. Reports suggested Chelsea had yet to open talks with Cole over a contract extension, with the player supposedly holding out for a deal worth £200,000 a week.
However, Cole wrote on social networking website Twitter: "Contract talks have not stalled just started, and 200k are you for real, I'd never ask for that. Like I said before don't listen or always believe what media say they aint got a clue."
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To be fair Horace I don't think you're getting the point really!
Your argument would hold water to most of us on here as well as the average person on the street trying to make ends meet paying a hefty mortgage and bills. I'd change jobs if someone was offering double if not triple what I was earning for doing the same work.
However footballers aren't really in the same category as average Joe public!
Yes their 'working' career time is a lot shorter but let's face facts shall we.
Let's say for argument sake the average playing career of a footballer is 10 years, they still earn far more in those 10 years than Joe public earns in 40 years of real hard graft doing 35/40 hours a week compared to the 90 mins plus extra time footballers do per game!!!
A footballer that's on £200,000 a week earns in that ONE week almost what Joe public earns in about 10 years and there are 52 weeks in a year!!!
Sheer greed mate nothing more! How many Ferraris do they need to drive!!!
Now I know you Chelsea lot especially, the City lot and even the Utd lot that come on here would like to think all the money over the years that your respective clubs have thrown at the game, (which is the ONLY reason why your respective clubs have been successful in recent years!) players and agents paying over the odds, infating player's wages and transfer fees has had nothing to do with creating the climate of greed that there exists which is rapidly destroying this beautiful sport, DREAM ON MATE!!!
While a lot of people keep going on about players greed "ruining the game" etc, etc, some realities need to be accepted. Since SKY took over televising football the money in the game has been phenomenal. Add to this wealthy owners investing in clubs and you end up with the worlds most marketable league. Because the money is there to tempt a lot of the worlds best players. These players won't play for an average wage and why should they? If a lot of the money in football wasn't paid to the top players it would end in the trouser pockets of chairmen and owners. We pay to see the players, not chairmen, and if the current climate means they earn astronomical figures then they are hardly likely to turn it down.
David, I get the point you are making and it's a valid one. But where do you stop or start with comparisons? Millions of people in other countries survive on the equivalent of 70 pence a day. They would be justified, on that basis, of regarding people in this country demanding £20,000 plus a year salary as being greedy.
christopher williams, i wouldnt say chelsea were a sinking ship mate. unless of course you are just trolling?!
Cashley is really living up to his nickname if this article is true