PHOTO: Cesar Azpilicueta sends Ashley Cole a message of thanks

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has sent a message to his former teammate Ashley Cole.

Following the news that Ashley Cole has signed a two-year deal with Italian side Roma, his former Chelsea colleagues have sent him messages of congratulations and thanks.  

One in particular came from Cesar Azpilicueta - the player who replaced Cole in the Blues first-team last season.

'It has been a real pleasure to play with you,' the Spanish international wrote.  'I have learnt a lot from you.  I wish you all the best my friend.'

He certainly learnt enough from the former England international to ultimately take his place in the side, with the 24-year-old making 44 appearances for Jose Mourinho's side last season, with 23 of those coming as a left-back.

While Azpilicueta was enjoying a regular starting-berth, Cole sat out a total of 21 Premier League games, 15 of which were as an unused substitute.

He will be hoping his move to Serie A will mark a new beginning for an already impressive career, but it is clear that despite his form seemingly rendering Cole unnecessary at Stamford Bridge, Azpilicueta still owes him a debt of thanks.

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