PHOTO: Former Chelsea and Arsenal star Ashley Cole relishing ‘new challenge’

Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole is delighted to have joined Roma on a free transfer and is looking forward to playing in Serie A after years of great performances for Arsenal and Chelsea in England.

Ashley Cole may not be wanted by Chelsea or by England coach Roy Hodgson, but he is certainly a wanted man in Italy.

On Monday, the 33-year-old defender signed a two-year contract with Serie A outfit Roma, with the option to extend it by 12 more months.

It is certainly a win-win situation for both parties. Although the left-back has reportedly had to take a massive pay-cut and will be paid just under £40,000 a week after tax (click here to read more), he will get to feature for a top team in a top league under a top manager.

Moreover, Roma are guaranteed a place in the Champions League group stage next season, which means that Cole, who joined Chelsea from their London rivals Arsenal in 2006, will be playing at a top level.

Cole is overjoyed with his impending adventure in Italy and took to social networking site Twitter to express his delight.

Cole is one of the greatest players ever to feature in the Premier League and is arguably the best left-back England have ever produced.

A figure of consistency, the 33-year-old won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup thrice with Arsenal, before joining their city-rivals Chelsea and clinching the league once and the FA Cup four times.

The former Three Lions star also played his role in the Blues' Champions League triumph in 2012 and Europa League success in 2013.

Cole is a big addition to Rudi Garcia's Roma, who finished second in Serie A last season and will be determined to win the Scudetto in the 2014-15 campaign.

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