Joe Cole Will Return To Chelsea In 2019 As A Technical Academy Coach

Joe Cole came through the ranks at West Ham and made his debut aged 17, before joining Roman Abramovich's revolution at Chelsea five years later in 2003 in a deal reported to be worth £6.6million.

It was at Stamford Bridge where the versatile attacking midfielder enjoyed the best years of his career, spending seven seasons with the Blues and winning a host of honours.

"Looking to the future, I want to stay involved in the game and I feel I can offer a lot as a coach," he told the club's website. "To lend my experience to help other young footballers achieve their dreams, just like I did, is a big passion of mine."

Joe Cole will return to Chelsea in 2019 as a technical academy coach, working with various age-grade teams in the club's youth set-up.