Former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is set to join AS Roma
Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly
New Delhi: Former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is set to join Serie A side AS Roma. The news was confirmed through the official Twitter handle of the club as they tweeted a photo of Cole arriving at the airport along with a short welcome message.
AS Roma`s official Twitter account posted: "Welcome to Rome, Ashley."
— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) July 7, 2014
The 33-year-old was not offered a new contract when his deal with Chelsea expired at the end of the 2013-14 season. Cole joined the blues from Arsenal in 2006 in the final few minutes of transfer deadline day.
At Arsenal, Cole was a three-time FA Cup winner and a two-time Premier League winner. He added to that trophy count on his arrival at Chelsea as he won four FA Cups, one Premier League and the Champions League in 2012.
However, after the return of Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in 2013, Cole has not been part of the first team on a regular basis. Cesar Azpilicueta was the preferred left-back for the Portuguese during Chelsea`s second place finish in the 2013-14 Premier League campaign.
Cole had a frustrating campaign last season, starting in only 15 league matches. To make matters worse, Roy Hodgson left him out of England`s World Cup squad and selected Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw instead.
After having earned 107 international caps for England, exclusion from the World Cup squad forced the left-back to bring down the curtains on his international career. Roma finished runners-up last season to Juventus in Serie A and will be part of the Champions League this year. Addition of an experienced defender like Ashley Cole will only help boost their campaign in 2014-15.