Blues ace Cole keeps believing

The Blues first-team squad return to Cobham for the start of

pre-season training this week, with a tour to the Far East ahead of

the Asia Trophy fast approaching. New manager Villas-Boas

maintained there would be no immediate transfers or new arrivals

until he had time to fully assess the current group, but is

expected to make some signings before the end of August. Brazil

international Neymar, Anderlecht’s 18-year-old Belgium striker

Romelu Lukaku, Tottenham’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric and

Porto duo Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho are all reported

targets. Cole feels some fresh blood can only help Chelsea’s

ambitions on all fronts. “We just fell short last season, we had a

lot of injuries so hopefully if we do bring players in we can

strengthen the squad and kick on because we’ve got so many great

players in Chelsea we should be winning the league two times on the

trot, which we didn’t,” the England full-back said. “I think all

teams would love to see fresh faces, but the age thing, it creeps

up on players and as you get older you get knocks more and things

like that but they’re very professional players in Chelsea and if

we can add to that with maybe some younger players I don’t see why

we can’t improve on last season and win the league, win the

Champions League and win the FA Cup because we’ve got the players

to do it. “A lot of players’ dreams are to win the Champions

League, I have played in two finals, but of course we want to win –

but we want to win any trophy.” At just 33, Portuguese coach

Villas-Boas will be the youngest boss in the Barclays Premier

League next season, having been appointed successor to experienced

Italian Carlo Ancelotti. It has been suggested the former Porto

manager, who guided the Dragons to domestic and Europa League

success last season, will find it difficult to command respect

among the older squad members. However, England defender Cole, 30,

feels Villas-Boas – no stranger to many players from his time at

Stamford Bridge as a part of former manager Jose Mourinho’s

backroom staff – will soon settle into his new role. “Age is just a

number, he has experience of being at Porto, a big club,” Cole

said. “Hopefully he can bring that glory to Chelsea, but I don’t

think the age thing is anything to worry about, I don’t think the

players think about that. He is our manager now and we have to go

out and fight for him. “Whatever manager comes in we respect him,

we are not kids, everyone thinks there are egos at Chelsea, but

there aren’t and we have to make Chelsea the squad of a few years

ago and win trophies.”