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Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti explains Joe Cole's exit

Joe Cole and Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti praised Cole last season but used him sparingly

Carlo Ancelotti has said Yossi Benayoun's arrival will compensate for England winger Joe Cole's departure.

Cole signed for Liverpool after being released by Chelsea following the breakdown of talks, with Benayoun having already moved the opposite way.

"Joe Cole at Chelsea had a fantastic career but this year is another story," Chelsea boss Ancelotti stated.

"We are happy to have Yossi here. Joe was quicker, with respect to Yossi, but tactically I think Yossi is better."

Cole was a popular figure at Chelsea throughout seven largely successful years at Stamford Bridge.

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The England international struggled with injury last season following knee surgery, but during the campaign Ancelotti labelled him "a genius" and said he was 100% sure that the 28-year-old's future was with the London club.

But talks broke down over a new deal, with Cole citing "political rather than footballing reasons", and the former West Ham star was allowed to leave on a free transfer.

However, Ancelotti said the capture of Israeli international Benayoun, 30, will add an extra dimension to Chelsea's midfield.

"He's an intelligent player, tactically he knows everything very well," Ancelotti added. "I tried to put him as a right midfielder in this pre-season and he can also play in his usual position as a winger.

"He has to train, to improve his condition but I think for us he is a good player."

Benayoun spent three years at Anfield after signing from West Ham, scoring 29 goals in 134 games from midfield.

Meanwhile, Ancelotti also insisted the Premier League's new rules which require clubs to register a squad of up to 25 players, including at least eight home-grown players will have no effect on Chelsea.

We have the right number of foreign players

Carlo Ancelotti on the Premier League's new squad rules

While home-grown players must have been registered to the Football Association or Welsh FA for three years prior to their 21st birthday there is no requirement for them to be English and Chelsea have promising youngsters Jeffrey Bruma, Patrick van Aanholt, Gael Kakuta, and Fabio Borini, along with the English Josh McEachran, in their ranks.

"It is the same thing as in the Champions League so we are not surprised about this, and this rule can improve the academies in the clubs," said Ancelotti, who is hoping to add Brazil midfielder Ramires to his squad from Benfica for £17m.

"I don't think we have a difficulty to put a squad in. We have the right number of foreign players.

"I am happy because it is important for our academy - they are very good players, they need to stay with us and will have more chances this year.

"I know them very well. We followed them for the last year and it is the time for them to be involved in the squad. I don't know how many games they can play this season but we need to have these young players in our squad."

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see also
Chelsea complete deal for Ramires
13 Aug 10 |  Chelsea
New Premier League squad rules explained
27 Jul 10 |  Premier League
Anfield aura key to Cole decision
21 Jul 10 |  Liverpool
Liverpool complete Cole signing
21 Jul 10 |  Liverpool
Chelsea sign midfielder Benayoun
03 Jul 10 |  Chelsea
Ancelotti 'sure' of Joe Cole deal
12 Mar 10 |  Chelsea
Ancelotti praises 'genius' Cole
24 Oct 09 |  Premier League


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