Lampard and Cole to leave Chelsea: Benitez
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.