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Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has hit back at the "lazy" critics who claim he's just a work-shy star full of fancy tricks.

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No first-team guarantees for Chelsea's Joe Cole

Coach Carlo Ancelotti insists Joe Cole will be a Chelsea player next season even though he cannot guarantee him regular first-team football.

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Visitors to a remote grotto have claimed a statue wept and crosses appeared and disappeared in the night sky this week.

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