Former West Ham United and Chelsea striker Carlton Cole (R) and Manager of Persib Umuh Muhtar hold Cole's jersey during a press conference in Bandung on March 30, 2017. (AFP Photo/Timur Matahari)
Cole wrote on Instagram that he was "surprised and disappointed" at Umuh Muchtar’s comment.03 August 2017 13:02
Persib's team manager called Carlton Cole a "weird person" and said he wasn't wanted on Wednesday as the former West Ham and Chelsea striker insisted he remained a player for the Indonesian club.
Umuh Muchtar questioned why Cole, 33, had bothered to turn up for training, a day after announcing the Englishman's dismissal following a goalless stint lasting only four months.
Cole declined to speak to reporters at training but he wrote on Instagram that he was "surprised and disappointed" at Tuesday's broadside from Muchtar, when he was accused of playing "very badly".
"This direct attack on me for the whole season must stop," posted Cole, adding: "I am still Persib player until I tell you otherwise."
However, Muchtar said the club hierarchy had agreed to end Cole's contract as of Wednesday, and that his pay would be resolved later.
"Weird person, he should know that he is not wanted anymore," Muchtar said.
Cole signed a one-year contract in March, two weeks after his former Chelsea team-mate Michael Essien. Bandung-based Persib is owned by Inter Milan president Erick Thohir, an Indonesian businessman.