Ray Wilkins’ response when asked if Ashley Cole could join Aston Villa

Ashley Cole

Former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, now on the books of AS Roma, is wanted by Aston Villa in the January transfer window.

Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (December 11) that Ashley Cole will not join Aston Villa.

Villa manager Remi Garde said this week, as reported by The Guardian, that he is open to the possibility of signing the former Chelsea and Arsenal defender in the January transfer window.

Cole is on the books of Italian club AS Roma at the moment and a contract which runs until the end of the season.

The former England international left-back, though, is out of favour at the Serie A outfit and has not played a competitive game for them since last season.

Wilkins, who has worked with Cole at Chelsea, does not see the 34-year-old moving to Villa in January.

"I saw that this morning in the papers, but there’s also a shout that Ashley may go to New York," said Wilkins on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (December 11). "Knowing Ashley as I do, New York might be the better option for him."

Cole is one of the greatest left-backs in football history, but he is now clearly past his best.

The former England international started his professional career at Arsenal and established himself as one of the best left-backs in the world during his time at the Gunners.

The 34-year-old won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup thrice with Arsenal, before joining London rivals Chelsea in the summer of 2006.

Cole continued to play well at Chelsea, helping the Blues win the Premier League once, the FA Cup four times, the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League in 2013.

The Englishman joined Roma on a free transfer in the summer of 2014.

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