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Premier League. Joe Cole: I'll fight for place

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COLE: I'LL FIGHT FOR PLACE

Joe Cole has vowed to fight for his place after completing his £6.6million move to Chelsea from West Ham.

Cole, 21, who became Chelsea’s fifth major summer signing, is due to be unveiled alongside the sixth arrival, Juan Sebastian Veron, at a press conference.

However, he has already spoken of his desire to make an impression at Stamford Bridge despite the huge competition for places in midfield at the club.

Along with Veron, Cole will be competing for a midfield place with Frank Lampard, Emmanuel Petit, Geremi, Damien Duff, Jesper Gronkjaer, Boudewijn Zenden and Mario Stanic.

“First and foremost, the challenge is to get into the side when you come to a club like this. I’m ready for that and will always give 100%, whether it’s a friendly, the League Cup or the Champions League,” he said.

“I’ll give it my all and I’m looking to learn off the players here.”

Cole is particularly relishing the prospect of taking part in the Champions League for the first time, as long as Chelsea can negotiate their way past the final qualifying round.

After all, he has too often joined up with the senior England squad only to find himself unable to join in discussions with his team-mates about the prestigious competition.

“It’s horrible when you meet up with England and the lads are all talking about the Champions League and this player and that player,” he told Chelsea TV.

“You do feel a bit left out. I want to test myself against the best players.”

Cole was linked with potential interest from several other clubs before Chelsea swooped.

“It was very disturbing at times, being linked to so many clubs, but I just knuckled down and got my work done. I’m ready to play as soon as the manager calls me in,” he said.

“I talked to Claudio and that was the final thing for me really. He didn’t have to sell the club to me but he seemed a good, honest and upstanding man.

“That’s all you can ask for in a manager and I’m looking forward to working for him.”

Cole used to watch Chelsea from the Shed End as a youngster and even attended both the 1994 and 1997 FA Cup finals to see the club in action.

However, he turned down the chance to join the club as a schoolboy and instead went to West Ham, where he came through the ranks.

“I can remember playing for Chelsea and really enjoying it. I went to see a lot of clubs but settled at West Ham as I felt most comfortable there and had a lot of friends,” he recalled.

“Now my career has come full turn and I’m back at Chelsea and looking forward to the challenge.”

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