Joe Cole admits that he is happy to have found a manager, in the form of Fabio Capello, who has faith in him.
Cole has been sidelined for the most part of the second half of 2009 with a serious knee injury and when he returned he found he had no place in the Chelsea side.
And it was announced earlier this week that Cole will be on his way out of Stamford Bridge. With little first team football this season Cole had been worried that the 2010 World Cup would pass him by but he is grateful that he has found himself amongst Capello's final twenty three.
Speaking to Sky Sports he said: "For the five years before my injury I was more or less a regular for England and all of a sudden people were patting me on the back for getting in a 30-man squad.
"I thought I might have run out of time even though I had done all I could.
"I had made a couple of goals against Stoke and then in the final match against Wigan people must have thought I was mad because I was running round chasing balls down to the corner. The league was won but I needed to show I was fit.
"What I need in my career is a manager who will give me the feeling that 'you are going to play here', that faith.
But Cole was not keen to talk about his Chelsea exit or where his domestic football will lie next season, although he has been linked to a move to Arsenal.
"I don't want to talk too much about Chelsea - that is a story for another day - but this season was very difficult for me. I just want to put it behind me."