Eden Hazard: Joe Cole convinced me to sign for Chelsea

Cole produced his best football during and after Jose Mourinho's first reign at Chelsea

Cole produced his best football during and after Jose Mourinho's first reign at Chelsea Credit AFP

Former Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has announced his retirement from football. He now wishes to pursue a career as a coach.

He played at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, making his final England appearance at the latter tournament in South Africa.

Cole also mentioned all the clubs he had a chane to play with, but pointed out that the most enjoyable period in his career was during his stint at Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Hazard is entering the previous year of his Chelsea contract and his brother, Thorgan, believes his elder sibling made the right decision to avoid joining Real Madrid in the summer as the team in transition.

"I spoke to Cole before I signed for Chelsea", Hazard told Chelsea's official website.

"Every day, seriously, he was telling me that Chelsea was the best club for me".

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'Winning trophies at Chelsea was particularly special for me. "For that reason I signed, so thank you, Joe Cole!" the Belgian said.

"After 20 years as a professional, the time has come for me to hang up my boots".

Cole, who turned 37 last week, said his career had been "a dream come true" and he now hopes to move into coaching.

'Whatever is next, I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been.

In his Instagram post, Cole thanked the countless people who had helped him through the football path.

He made his debut as a 17-year-old in January 1999, graduating to become captain and leaving for Chelsea only after the Hammers' relegation from the Premier League.

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"For that we owe Cole so much".

Cole helped Chelsea win their first championship in 50 years in 2004-05 under Jose Mourinho.

European success proved elusive as Cole was in the Chelsea side beaten by Manchester United on penalties in the 2008 Champions League final in Moscow.

Since he spent the 2011-12 season on loan with the Ligue 1 club Lille, he convinced Hazard to join Chelsea.

A season-long return to West Ham was followed by spells at Aston Villa, Coventry and then the Rowdies.

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