Neil Warnock: No chance Ashley Cole will join Crystal Palace

Ashley Cole

Neil Warnock has ruled out any potential move for former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.

Cole is currently turning out for AS Roma in Serie A, but he was said to be struggling to adapt to the Italian lifestyle.

Reports earlier this year suggested that the 33-year-old was looking to leave the Giallorossi as early as January, with a potential switch to either MLS or back to the Premier League touted. However, he has continually vowed to fight for his place in the Roma side, and has refuted any potential return to England - even when Manchester United were linked with the 107-capped England international.

Surprisingly, earlier this week, it was reported that Crystal Palace were going to make a shock move for Cole in January.

Cole has been out of the Roma side since mid-November, and Eagles boss Neil Warnock was said to be looking at bringing him in at the turn of the year to aid the side in fighting for top flight survival.

However, Cole’s agent David Mannish denied the claims, being quoted by Sky Sports as saying: "Whoever has given this information out is a disgrace because all it does is give fans of a football club false hope."

And if such denials were not enough, Warnock has himself come out to put a rest to the rumours, telling talkSPORT that there is no chance Cole will be turning out at Selhurst Park this season.

"We have already been told that there is no way he is coming back," the 66-year-old said. "He is enjoying himself over there. I don't think there is any chance whatsoever."

It would have been a surprise to see Cole return to England after such a short time in Italy, having agreed a two-year contract with Roma during the summer. Regardless of his fondness for the area, the full-back is fighting for a place in a side who could potentially claim the Serie A title, and who are all-but guaranteed to once again qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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