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Cole looks forward to life at Roma

Published:Wednesday | July 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Former Chelsea left back Ashley Cole is looking to forward to a new life with Serie A runner-up Roma and hopes to help the Giallorossi win their first Italian league title in more than a decade. Cole signed a two-year deal with Roma last week and was presented with the team's No. 3 shirt yesterday.

"I decided to come here because I want to keep playing in the Champions League," Cole said.

"I'm joining an ambitious club that has signed some very experienced players and I'm ready to fight for my place."

The 33-year-old Cole spent the past eight seasons with Chelsea and was with London rivals Arsenal for the previous six years. He's the highest-profile English player to come to Italy since David Beckham's two loan spells with AC Milan in 2009 and 2010.

"Perhaps English players feel in their comfort zone in England," Cole said. "It's a big opportunity for me to try a different language, culture, and way of living."

Cole's contract with Chelsea expired at the end of last season and he realised that the London club's manager, Jose Mourinho, wanted to take a new direction.

"I've always had a good relationship with (Mourinho). I understand that he was perhaps looking for something else and my time at Chelsea had come to an end.