Wilkins insists Cole has future at Chelsea

Cole’s contract is due to expire this summer, but Wilkins believes a new deal can be sorted out.

“We sincerely hope he will be here next season,” Wilkins said. “I am sure he and the club will sort it out.”

“He loves Chelsea,” he added. “He wants to stay at Chelsea and I am sure that the club and his people will sort the situation out.

“We are desperate to keep Joe. I know the club are and we as a management group feel the same.

“He is a very valuable asset to us. It is a contractual situation that he and the club I am sure will sort out at a later stage.”