Ashley Cole officially completes moves to Roma

Ashley Cole

Former England international Ashley Cole has officially completed his move to Serie A side Roma, following his departure from Chelsea.

Former Arsenal and Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole has completed his move to Serie A side Roma, signing a two-year contract with the Italian club.

The 33-year-old left Stamford Bridge after his contract expired at the end of the last season and, despite being offered a new deal with the Blues, ultimately chose to explore new opportunities.

With Roma reportedly beating off interest from the likes of AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool for his services, the addition of the ex-England international will be a major boost for the side as they look to better last season’s second-place finish in Serie A.

Cole, who started just 15 Premier League games last campaign, spent eight seasons with Chelsea following his controversial move from Arsenal in August 2006, winning the Premier League in 2010 and Champions League in 2012, as well as four FA Cups to add to the three he won with the Gunners.

With 107 caps for England since his 2001 debut, the left-back announced his retirement from international football this summer, following his omission from the 2014 World Cup squad, bringing down the curtain on a career which spanned five major tournaments.

With the deal worth a reported £38,000 per-week, with the option to be extended into a further season, it marks a new chapter in the career of one of England’s most decorated players in recent years.

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