Ashley Cole linked with surprise Roma exit, MLS a possibility - report

Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole only made his Roma debut at the end of last month but is reportedly far from content with life in Serie A, and a switch to the league he criticised earlier this summer is a potential option.

Ashley Cole has spent just a few months with Roma but, according to reports, he could already be preparing to leave the Italian capital.

Cole, 33, joined the Serie A runners-up this summer after his contract with Chelsea expired, but newspaper La Repubblica claims the left-back has struggled so far to fit into the dressing room and is contemplating an exit.

Despite signing a two-year deal with the club, his departure could even come as soon as January, with MLS clubs Orlando City and Toronto FC understood to be courting his signature.

A stateside move would be quite a turnaround for Cole, considering how the former England international responded to acknowledged offers earlier this summer, claiming that he ‘didn’t want to just sit on the beach'.

Those comments saw him come in for criticism from a host of figures, including Liverpool legend and ex-New England Revolution head coach Steve Nicol and former US international Alecko Eskandarian, and one would imagine there is still some lingering resentment.

Cole, who started 15 Premier League games during the 2013-14 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.

After winning 107 England caps since his 2001 debut, he also 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.

He made his competitive debut for Roma on August 30 in their Serie A opener against Fiorentina, helping his side to a 2-0 home win, but it now remains to be seen whether his career with i Giallorossi is drawing to a close before it even got off the ground.

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