Ashley Cole’s tenure in Italy did not go as planned, and now he’s on his way out of Rome.
After playing 14 seasons in the Premier League for Arsenal and Chelsea, Cole moved to Serie A side Roma last summer, signing on with a two-year contract.
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However, he managed just 11 league appearances for Roma, and now the club has agreed to terminate his contract after one season.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Digne has been heavily linked with a move to Roma, as the 22-year-old plays the same left-back position as Cole. Cole was then left out of Rudi Garcia’s 26-man roster for Roma’s preseason match against Sevilla, which showed the two sides were preparing to go their separate ways.
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At 34-years-old, Cole is one of the most decorated English players in history. With Arsenal and Chelsea he won a combined three Premier League titles, seven FA Cup trophies, and a Champions League title. He played in three World Cups for England, and his 107 appearances for the Three Lions make him the country’s fifth-most capped player of all-time.
The transfer window remains open until September 1, so now the question looms as to where Cole will end up. He could return to the Premier League, as his experience both on and off the pitch could be invaluable to a club that will be fighting for survival.