Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is back in England.
The left-back landed in Manchester along with his AS Roma teammates on Monday for their Champions League Group E clash against Manchester City today.
Cole moved to Italian giants Roma on a free transfer in the summer transfer window after being released by Chelsea at the end of last season.
This is the first time that Cole is playing his club football outside of England, having featured for Arsenal and Chelsea prior to his move to Italy in the summer.
So how does Cole find Serie A? Is it as good as the Premier League? What are the difference between two of the biggest domestic football leagues in Europe?
‘I'm loving Italy’, Uefa.com quotes the 33-year-old as saying. ‘Of course it's different to the Premier League.
‘You are up against different players, most of them have very good technique and the Premier League is fast and furious. Serie A is slower, though we like to attack and play fast. The manager (Rudi Garcia) is always on us to go forward and play.
‘The football is different but I'm getting used to it now and enjoying playing Italian football. I loved playing in the Premier League but this is something different’.
Serie A is indeed much slower than the Premier League and is often stop-start in its nature. However, the Italian top flight is much more tactically advanced than the English top flight and can be intellectually demanding.
The Premier League is a much more glamorous league, of course, and arguably the most popular in the world.