Player blames Ancelotti for his Chelsea exit – “It was hard for me to leave Chelsea”

Chelsea legend Joe Cole has admitted it was hard for him to leave Chelsea.

After winning three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the League Cup in west London, Cole opted to leave Chelsea in 2010 as a free agent not long after suffering a serious, long-term knee injury.

According to Cole, he would have remained a Chelsea player if then Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti had played him in the last two games of the season.

On how difficult it was to leave Chelsea, Cole told the Premier League Productions: “I think if [Carlo Ancelotti] had played me in the last two games of the season, I would have stayed.

“I’d have taken any money they’d have given me because I didn’t want to leave. It was hard for me to leave the club at the time. It was difficult.”