21 May 2014

Ashley Cole says he's leaving Chelsea

9:35 am on 21 May 2014

The former England football defender Ashley Cole says he'll leave Chelsea when his contract ends in a few weeks.

Cole says on Twitter he is looking for "another journey" after a season in which he has become a fringe player in manager Jose Mourinho's squad at the London Premier League club.

Last week the 33-year-old announced he was retiring from international duty after failing to make the England World Cup squad.

Mourinho preferred Cesar Azpilicueta at left back for much of the season in which Chelsea finished third behind champions Manchester City and Liverpool.

Cole made just 17 Premier League appearances, his lowest total in a single campaign for the club.

He was in tears after the final home game of the season, which now looks certain to have been his Stamford Bridge farewell.