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Last Updated: Monday, 18 July, 2005, 09:09 GMT 10:09 UK
Cole signs new deal with Arsenal
THE COLE SAGA
Ashley Cole
30 January, 2005 News of the World report of meeting between Cole and Chelsea
6 February Premier League start a formal investigation
23 March Chelsea and boss Jose Mourinho are charged, along with Cole
17 & 18 May Premier League hearing into the scandal
2 June Chelsea, Cole and Mourinho found guilty by independent commission
6 June Cole launches appeal against 100,00 fine
Ashley Cole has signed a one-year extension to his Arsenal contract - completing a U-turn after claiming he was being forced out of the club.

Cole was found guilty at a Premier League inquiry of attending a meeting with Chelsea without Arsenal's consent.

He blamed vice-chairman David Dein for letting the situation reach that stage.

But Cole said through his Stellar Group agents: "I am now looking forward to another successful season. We are all determined to regain the Premiership."

He added: "I can't wait for the season to start now."

Cole had two years left on his previous deal and the new contract will now run until 2008.

A statement on the Arsenal website said: "Everyone at Arsenal is looking forward to Ashley being an integral part of the club's challenge for honours in the forthcoming seasons."

He was initially angry at the way negotiaions over his Arsenal future had progressed after his reported demands of 60,000 a week were not met with Arsenal not prepared to offer over 55,000 a week.

But his salary is now set to more than double from 30,000 a week to 70,000 per week.

Cole was fined 100,000 by the Premier League after an inquiry heard evidence that he met with Blues chief executive Peter Kenyon, boss Jose Mourinho and agents Pini Zahavi and Barnett on 27 January without Arsenal knowing.

An independent panel reportedly is set to hear the defender's appeal against his punishment in August.




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