This summer saw two of Chelsea's oldest heads depart for pastures new - with Frank Lampard heading to the USA, via a loan spell at Manchester City, and Ashley Cole leaving on a free transfer. Despite many offers for the England international to remain in the country this summer he decided to head to Italy - joining Serie A side AS Roma on a free.
The decision to let him leave Chelsea seemed an odd one, but the form of Cesar Azpilicueta had seen him drop out of the starting XI and The Blues were happy to trim their wage bill by letting him leave the club this summer.
For Cole there was no hard feelings, this is football after all, and he knows its cut-throat nature. Plus a move to Roma is a great opportunity for Cole to escape the British media and in his international retirement playing abroad has zero affect on his England chances.
But he seemed to struggle fitting in at first in his new surroundings, the now infamous 'Cole lurking' photo did the rounds on Twitter and everyone, including new team-mate Francesco Totti, poked fun at the ex-Chelsea star.
But he certainly seems happier now and this weekend he will play his first Serie A game for the club, as Roma welcome fellow Serie A title hopefuls Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico.
And he took to Twitter yesterday to explain his delight at his upcoming debut:
No doubt Chelsea fans will be wishing him all the best tomorrow evening.