Remi Garde confirms Aston Villa interest in Ashley Cole

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Ashley Cole hasn’t played a match since July, but he is still attracting interest at 34-years-old.

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Cole left Chelsea for Roma in 2014, but had his contract terminated with the club this summer after just one season in Italy.

After reports came out that the left-back could return to the Premier League in the January transfer window, Aston Villa boss Remi Garde confirmed it is something he is looking into.

Every good player is interesting for me and Ashley is a good player.

He is someone who has experience but he didn’t play for a while now. Experience is also something we need.

I will speak soon with the club and I’m already working on the January window. We know what we want to do.

Villa is in need of some defensive help, as they have conceded 28 goals through 15 matches and lost left-back Jordan Amavi to a season-ending knee injury.

However, with just one win on the season and glued to the bottom of the table, would Cole want to return to the Premier League for a relegation battle?

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Cole is widely considered one of the best defenders of his generation. Throughout his years at Arsenal and Chelsea, he won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cup titles, and one Champions League trophy. He was twice named to the UEFA Team of the Year, and won England Player of the Year in 2010.

Previously linked with a possible big-money move to Major League Soccer, one would assume Cole would only return to the Premier League for a chance to win another trophy, something Aston Villa has no chance of achieving.