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Former Arsenal and Chelsea star accepts MLS move

Roma defender Ashley Cole has reportedly accepted a move to join MLS side LA Galaxy, according to speculation in Italy.

Reports suggest that the former England international has bid farewell to his teammates at the Stadio Olimpico, with the Serie A side cancelling his contract, as noted by Sky Sports.

It has been a difficult period in Cole’s career, as after initially moving to Italy with a great deal of optimism about reviving his career, he struggled to adapt to the Italian top flight.

In turn, he lost his place in former boss Rudi Garcia’s starting lineup, and suffered a further snub by being omitted from the club’s 25-man Champions League squad.

However, it appears as though he will have another opportunity to enjoy the final few years of his career on the pitch, with LA Galaxy set to add him to their roster.

The 35-year-old won 107 caps for England and was a key part of Arsenal and Chelsea’s success in recent years. Having moved to Roma on a free transfer in July 2014, the club will not be particularly concerned with cancelling his deal as he had become surplus to requirements.

Lucas Digne had emerged as Garcia’s first-choice left back this season during his loan spell from Paris Saint-German, although it remains to be seen if the Frenchman keeps his place under new boss Luciano Spalletti who returns for his second spell at the capital club.

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