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Lampard and Cole to leave Chelsea: Benitez

Published on Nov 24, 2012 11:26 AM
 
Chelsea's Frank Lampard controls the ball during a team training session at Stamford Bridge in London on Sept 18, 2012. Chelsea's interim manager Rafa Benitez has said he expects the club's long-serving England players Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, British media reported on Saturday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Chelsea's interim manager Rafa Benitez has said he expects the club's long-serving England players Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, British media reported on Saturday.

Asked if it was the end of a glorious era for the pair who will be out of contract, Benitez said: "I think so, that is the case at the moment. I am only here for seven months. If it is for two or three years then maybe I would have an influence.

"Sometimes you are in a difficult position as manager because there's too much to decide on, so it's better to have a technical director sometimes," he was quoted in Saturday's Daily Mail as telling reporters.

Chelsea's technical director is Michael Emenalo.

 
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