CARLO ANCELOTTI insists Chelsea will not sell reported Real Madrid target Ashley Cole this summer.
Speculation yesterday suggested that the England left-back had met with his club manager for 20 minutes of discussions last week when he announced his desire to quit Stamford Bridge.
New Real boss Jose Mourinho, who signed Cole from Arsenal in 2006, is understood to want the former Arsenal player as part of his revolution at the Bernabeu and Cole is thought to be tempted.
The 29-year-old is reportedly keen to move to Spain in order to escape the attention he receives both on and off the field in England, but Ancelotti has no intention of selling.
"Ashley Cole will not be sold at any price,’’ said the Chelsea boss after a 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.
"There is no price that we would sell him at. We believe he is the best left-back in the world, and because of this, he will stay at this club.
"Nothing has changed in our position. Everyone can forget about Ashley Cole leaving this club.’’
Meanwhile Joe Cole’s debut for Liverpool ended in defeat as the Reds went down 1-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Roy Hodgson fielded a strong side including England’s World Cup captain Steven Gerrard as well as Jamie Carragher and Glen Johnson while Fabio Aurelio was on the bench after re-signing for the club on Saturday.
Karim Matmour got the winner for the German side after just eight minutes.
Elsewhere Patrick Vieira was sent off as Manchester City completed their American tour with a 3-0 defeat to European champions Inter Milan.
The former France midfielder lasted just 21 minutes against his former club before being shown a straight red card for a clash with Marco Materazzi.
Rafael Benitez’s side capitalised on their numerical advantage to run out comfortable winners in Baltimore.
Victor Obinna opened the scoring via a deflection off Micah Richards and an own goal from Joleon Lescott doubled the Nerazzurri’s lead before Cristiano Biraghi sealed matters.