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Cole Stays, Marin May Go

It looks set to be a few more busy days for Chelsea’s contract wranglers.

The club succeeded in selling a one-year contract extension to England international defender Ashley Cole on Tuesday.

And today they will consider letting German international midfielder Marko Marin leave on loan.

Cole had been in tough negotiations with the Blues for the past few months, as his contract wound down and clubs from across Europe monitored his progress.

Real Madrid and PSG were said to be keen on luring Cole away from Stamford Bridge, as he held out for more than a year’s contract extension.

As it happened, Cole says he is happy to have accepted the one year on offer from the Blues, rather than seek his fortune elsewhere.

"It's gone quick,” Cole told Chelsea TV, after the news broke that he had signed a new deal with European champions.

“After six or seven years and the trophies I've won here and the great memories I've got here it was a little bit scary and sad thinking I could have left.

“But I'm glad to have signed and stay here for another year."  

Meanwhile, young midfielder Marin has found game time at Chelsea hard to come by, after his high profile move from Werder Bremen.

Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses are all seemingly ahead of Marin in the attacking midfielder’s pecking order at the Bridge, and so his agent admits he is considering loan options to reignite his stuttering career for club and country.

"Marin feels good in London but in order to play regularly for the German national team he needs to be a first-teamer,” the player’s agent said.

"We'll have a conversation soon with the Chelsea hierarchy about all possible options for him to continue his career."

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