Things to remember when asking for a raise; be confident, know your worth, and have a £100,000 sports car you're willing to barter in case negotiations go awry.
Luckily for Joe Cole he had all three boxes ticked when he went in search of bumper contract at Chelsea back in 2006.
The ex-England star revealed he offered to sell Blues boss Jose Mourinho his super-rare Ferrari Scaglietti in exchange for 'The Special One' having a word with payroll about getting him a new deal – and it nearly worked!
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"Only once in my career did I buy a flash car," Cole wrote in a recent column for The Telegraph. "I convinced myself I should have one but it did not feel right.
"The dealer said I was lucky to get it. My usual sceptical view of the world meant I did not believe him, but it turned out the model was quite rare.
"When he saw it in the car park at Cobham, Jose Mourinho offered to buy it off me. I said I was happy to do so on the condition that he told the club to give me a new contract."
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Any chance of doing a deal fell through following Mourinho's shock departure in 2007, though Cole did land himself the contract extension he was looking, eventually.
Cole and Mourinho had a fractious relationship during their three seasons in west London together. The BT Sport pundit has spoken in the past about Mourinho intentionally pushing his buttons, but insists that sort of tough love often brought out the best in him.
Following seven trophy-laden seasons at Chelsea, Cole moved to Liverpool on a free transfer when his contract expired in 2010 after the Blues won the double under Carlo Ancelotti.
His spell at Anfield was an utterly forgettable one and he joined Lille on loan the following season, linking up with a young Eden Hazard before, as Cole claims, convincing him to pick Chelsea over the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Real Madrid – who were all courting him at the time.
The now 41-year-old also had stints with former club West Ham, Aston Villa, Coventry and Tampa Bay Rowdies before hanging up his boots in 2018.
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