Ashley Cole finalises move to Italy…
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— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) July 7, 2014
Ashley Cole, available to any club on a free transfer after running his contract down with Stamford Bridge side Chelsea, has officially completed a deal to AS Roma.
The Italian club tweeted the news from their official account today, along with a picture of the 33-year-old left-back.
Cole lost his place in Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea XI last season, with the Portuguese maverick preferring Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta to the stalwart Englishman.
As a result, Cole’s contract wasn’t renewed – and Roy Hodgson didn’t select him as part of England’s World Cup squad either – prompting the defender to retire from international duty as well.
Roma finished 2nd in Serie A last term under the guidance of impressive young manager Rudi Garcia – and conceded only 25 goals all season. With Cole on board, they’ll quietly be hoping to do one better next term and pip Juventus to the Italian league crown.
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