Joe Cole will return to Chelsea in 2019 as a technical academy coach, working with various age-grade teams in the club’s youth set-up.
Cole came through the ranks at West Ham and made his debut aged 17, before moving to Stamford Bridge five years later in 2003, in a deal reported to be worth £6.6million.
He spent seven seasons with the Blues, where he won the Premier League on three occasions and also claimed FA Cup and EFL Cup winners’ medals.
The 37-year-old will carry out his new role alongside studying for his coaching badges.
“Looking to the future, I want to stay involved in the game and I feel I can offer a lot as a coach.
“To lend my experience to help other young footballers achieve their dreams, just like I did, is a big passion of mine,” he told the club’s website.