London, Mar 23 (ANI): Midfielder Joe Cole has said that contract talks with Chelsea have broken down, and added that he wants to stay but the club have withdrawn their offer of a new deal.
Cole will be available on a free transfer in the summer, but he refuses to give up on his Chelsea career.
"I've never spoken publicly about contracts before. I don't think contracts should really be discussed mid-season. I have always signed mine in the summer in the past," The Sun quoted Cole, as saying.
"But this time it's different. We can't seem to find common ground and it's distracting. At the moment there is no offer on the table, so I know where I stand. I still hope to talk in the summer," he said.
Cole's current deal expires on June 30 when he will be free to quit the Blues after seven years at Stamford Bridge.
No new talks are planned between the parties at present even though Cole is keen to stay. helsea has been tightening the purse strings at the club for some time and Cole has been on the fringes of the team recently. (ANI)