Ex-Chelsea star's Manchester United switch denied by agent

Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole is not set to return to the Premier League in January, according to his agent.

The 33-year-old full-back left Stamford Bridge in the summer, with the Blues failing to offer the veteran defender an extension to his contract.

Having departed the club, he agreed a two-year deal with Serie A runners-up AS Roma, and has so far appeared in seven of i Giallorossi’s 11 league fixtures this term. He has also appeared sporadically in the Champions League, and his career in Italy appears to be progressing well, as he winds down the latter stages of his professional career.

However, it has been reported that Cole would be looking to leave Roma as early as he could, with a move to MLS touted, whilst also a number of Premier League clubs were said to be interested in acquiring his talents, despite his advancing age. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is reportedly keen on the player, with his experience useful in both providing competition for, as well as teaching, 19-year-old Luke Shaw.

No concrete offers have yet been submitted by the side, and MLS interest has, as of yet, amounted to nothing, and Cole’s agent David Manasseh told Calciomercato that a move is highly unlikely in January, with the player ‘very happy’ in Rome.

He said: “Ashley is very happy in Rome.

“He is adapting better and better.”

Having signed a two-year deal with Roma, it would have been a surprise to see Cole leave Italy as soon as January, although a move in the summer could still happen. However, it is unlikely that the Red Devils will retain their interest in the left-back by June 2015, with Cole turning 34-years-old just prior to the New Year. Any interest they are to show in a second-choice left-back will surely be directed at someone younger than Cole, providing competition for Shaw for a number of years.

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