Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti remains confident that Joe Cole will sign a new contract to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer.
The gifted midfielder's current deal expires at the end of the season and, with talks over fresh terms still to bear fruit, he could leave on a free transfer.
Cole opened the scoring in Saturday's crucial 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford with a clever flick from Florent Malouda's cross to lift the Blues two points clear at the top of the table.
The former West Ham ace has endured a frustrating season as he battles back after a long-term injury, with his place in Fabio Capello's England squad in real jeopardy due to his lack of action at club level this term.
Ancelotti admitted there is an 'economical problem' in discussions with Cole, but fully expects the 28-year-old to extend his stay and also secure a place on the plane to the World Cup.
The Italian said: "Joe Cole has the same focus as the rest of the team. He wants to play well and wants to win the title.
"For him, there is also a desire to go to the World Cup and if he carries on like he did here he will be there.
"Now he has some consistency in his game and that is good for him.
"He will definitely sign a new contract. There is no problem, don't worry.
"I've spoken a lot about Joe Cole with my club and everyone has a desire for him to stay at Chelsea and so does he.
"There is not a problem, it is an economical problem nothing else."