In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, the focus today is on former Blue Ashley Cole, who spoke about his controversial move from Arsenal in 2006 and named six of his Chelsea team-mates in his best XI.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Cole has no regrets leaving Gunners
Speaking on Sky Sports during his appearance on Monday Night Football, Ashley Cole admitted that is still affected by the backlash which surrounded his move from Arsenal to Chelsea in 2006 but has no regrets about heading to Stamford Bridge.
The 38-year-old said the fall-out from his departure from the club he joined at the age of nine still hurts.
‘It hurts me because it wasn't just my fault. I didn't leave for no reason. I didn't go to Arsene Wenger and say 'today I want to leave' - there was more to it,’ said Cole.
‘It happens in football and I see it happen to a lot of other players. It's life.
‘I moved on and they moved on, but I do feel sometimes a bit sad because it was my club and I played there since I was nine. To have that ill-feeling from the fans still is hard sometimes.’
Cole, who went on to win eight trophies during his time with the Blues including the Champions League in 2012, said that the move ultimately worked out in his best interest.
‘The way I acted I was a little bit stubborn at the time. Maybe I should have sat down with a few more people at the time and gone through it with an ice-cool head.
‘I was a bit hot-headed and didn't realise what I was doing at the time but I don't regret it. When I look back now I think it was something that was maybe meant to happen.’
Six Blues in Cole’s best XI
During his Sky Sports appearance, Cole also named the best 10 players he had played with at Arsenal and Chelsea with six Blues making his final list.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech, defensive partners John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, midfielders Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda and striker Didier Drogba were the Chelsea team-mates named by Cole in his list.
The Gunners in Cole’s list were Sol Campbell, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry.
Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard in Player Power Rankings
ESPN FC have named two Chelsea players in their weekly Player Power Rankings after our 5-0 demolition of Huddersfield on Saturday.
After netting two goals on just his third appearance for the Blues, Gonzalo Higuain was ranked third on the list behind Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi with the website stating that he had ‘delivered precisely the sort of performance Chelsea have been desperate for in a No.9…’
Meanwhile, our other two-goal hero on the weekend, Eden Hazard, was ranked 10th, after ‘forging a dynamic partnership with Gonzalo Higuain.’