Chelsea defender Ashley Cole set to leave Stamford Bridge

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is likely to leave the club this summer after eight years at Stamford Bridge.

Cole, 33, who announced his retirement from England international football last week after being left out of Roy Hodgson’s the 23-man World Cup squad.

The veteran defender joined Chelsea in 2006 from Arsenal, since then he has made 338 appearances for the club.

Cole wrote on Twitter:

“I am weighing up my options for playing next season with my agent and sadly it does not look like chelsea will be one of them.”

“Thank u Chelsea FC for making my 8 years there a pleasure to work all the staff and players, we’ve been through a lot, good and bad.”

The former Arsenal man, whose contract is running out this summer, helped the Blues win the Premier League crown in 2010 and Champions League in 2012.