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Mourinho denies Cole being captain signals exit

ESPN staff
May 11, 2014
Ashley Cole's contract expires in the summer © Getty Images

Jose Mourinho has denied that Ashley Cole being made Chelsea captain against Cardiff was his way of giving the left-back a decent send-off at the club.

Cole, who is out of contract in the summer, skippered the side in the comeback victory over Cardiff as Chelsea ended their season with a 2-1 victory.

Cole, who has been at Chelsea for eight years, was in tears after their final home game at Stamford Bridge last weekend against Norwich.

With Cole's future continuing to remain uncertain, Mourinho has played down suggestions that he made the 33-year-old his captain on Sunday because he was leaving the club.

"He wasn't captain to say goodbye in a nice way, he was the player on the pitch who has been here longest," Mourinho said. "He arrived before [Branislav] Ivanovic so we gave him the armband as a consequence of that, not because it was his last minutes

On whether Cole played his final game for Chelsea, the manager added: "I don't know but I don't think so."

Fernando Torres netted the winner for Chelsea, with the Spaniard's future also being questioned with talk of a possible return to Atletico Madrid.

And Mourinho was not certain on whether the striker will be lining up for his side at the start of next season. "I think he will be at Chelsea. I don't know, the summer is a long summer," he said.

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