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Joe Cole to leave Chelsea

Joe Cole

Chelsea and England midfielder Joe Cole is leaving the London club.

He isn't being offered a new deal when his contract is up this summer. Cole joined Chelsea from West Ham for £6.6m seven years ago.

The news is a surprise given the midfielder was picked by Fabio Capello for England's World Cup squad.

Cole said he's focusing on playing for England and not thinking about his future, although he has been linked to several clubs, including Arsenal.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have also been linked to the player.

And Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp said last week that he'd be interested in Cole if no-one else snapped him up. He managed Cole when he was at West Ham.

German midfielder Michael Ballack, and right-back Juliano Belletti, will also be leaving the Blues.

Chelsea won both the Premier League and FA Cup this year - the club's first ever double.