Cole committed to Chelsea

Chelsea playmaker Joe Cole - linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer - has refuted reports claiming he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old has made just six league appearances for the Blues this season since recovering from a serious knee injury picked up in January.

The ex-West Ham United prodigy has six months remaining on his contract and speculation has surfaced that the England star could seek a move in the summer if he fails to regain his place in Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team.

Cole, however, has denied reports that he will leave the Londoners on a Bosman ruling and is determined to fight for his place.

“I want nothing more than to stay at Chelsea,” he said in the Daily Mail.

“I love it here. It’s not a problem. I don’t want drama in the papers, either.

“You won’t hear my agent running around saying I’m going to this club or that club. I want to be at Chelsea and they know that.”

Cole arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2003 and has established himself as a firm favourite in the Blues' midfield alongside fellow West Ham old-boy Frank Lampard.

And the diminutive midfielder – who will hope to feature for the Three Lions at next summer’s World Cup – is confident he can rediscover the form that has earned him over 50 caps for his country.

“I’ve still got a lot to prove,” he added. “If I want to play the No.10 position for Chelsea, I’ve got to get back better than I was before.

“I feel like Chelsea are looking at me and saying, ‘We want you to prove you can be that player for us’. I’ve got to prove myself again but that’s all right – I’ve had to prove myself all my life.

“I’ll put my heart and soul into getting into that team. You’re always disappointed [to be left out], but it just puts more fire in my belly.

“Don’t bet against me when I’m in that frame of mind."