Chelsea legend Joe Cole retires at 37

Rex Christensen
November 15, 2018

Joe Cole has announced his retirement from professional football today at the grand old partially-antiquated age of 37.

The time has come for me to hang up my boots.

Cole joined Lille on loan from Liverpool in the 2011/12 season, where he played alongside Hazard, who had already caught the eye of several major European teams with his performances.

Hazard said on Chelsea's official Twitter account: "I spoke to him before I signed for Chelsea. A huge thank you to Joe, who gave me such great advice" - the words of Azar Sky Sports.

The Belgian has proven an incredible investment for the club, winning their Player of the Season award in four of his eight seasons in west London.

Hazard signed for a fee of £32m and is now priced among the most valuable players in the world after a brilliant World Cup with Belgium and a stellar start to the Premier League campaign.

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He wrote the post at Instagram in which thanked "countless people have helped" him through that path.

Whatever happens, I hope that the next two decades will be as special as the last 20 years in football.

Surely it's not just us who thought that Joe Cole would be about 20 forever? Cole was part of England's so-called Golden Generation, playing alongside David Beckham and Wayne Rooney.

After leaving Chelsea on a free transfer in 2010, Cole made a move to Liverpool but failed to make an impact, leaving three years later after playing only 26 Premier League matches.

Cole helped Chelsea win their first championship in 50 years in 2004-05 under Jose Mourinho. A season-long return to West Ham was followed by spells at Aston Villa, Coventry and then the Rowdies in Florida.

Reflecting on his future plans, Cole said that he wants to stay involved with the game adding that he could contribute a lot to the game as a coach. Those memories will live with me forever, as will the chance I had to share them with my family. I feel I can offer a lot as a coach and have really enjoyed the opportunity to undertake some of these duties with the Rowdies.

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