Joe Cole will return to Chelsea in 2019 as a technical academy coach, working with varied age-grade groups within the membership’s youth set-up.
Cole got here by means of the ranks at West Ham and made his debut aged 17, earlier than transferring to Stamford Bridge 5 years later in 2003, in a deal reported to be value £6.6million.
He spent seven seasons with the Blues, the place he gained the Premier League on three events and in addition claimed FA Cup and EFL Cup winners’ medals.
The 37-year-old will perform his new function alongside finding out for his teaching badges.
“Trying to the long run, I need to keep concerned within the recreation and I really feel I can provide rather a lot as a coach.
“To lend my expertise to assist different younger footballers obtain their goals, identical to I did, is an enormous ardour of mine,” he advised the membership’s web site.