Cole has left Stamford Bridge after his contract expired and is yet to make a decision on his next move. He was however given a rousing send-off from the Blues on their website and social media accounts.

However, within Chelsea’s lengthy goodbye message to Cole was a rather direct dig at his old club Arsenal.

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“His remarkably consistent high level of performance was always appreciated by the Chelsea support, who welcomed him to Stamford Bridge even though he joined from big London rivals Arsenal, with William Gallas moving the other way as part of a transfer-deadline-day deal in August 2006.

“Cole has had no reason to regret his switch across the capital, collecting winners’ medals for the Champions League, the Premier League, the Europa League, the League Cup, the Community Shield and the FA Cup four times, taking him to his all-time record seven wins in that competition’s long history.

“Arsenal without Cole did not lift silverware until this year’s FA Cup final a week after he played his final Chelsea game.”

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