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Cole: 'I'll fight for my Roma place'


Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole

FORMER Chelsea left back Ashley Cole is looking to forward to a new life with Serie A runner-up Roma.

Cole signed a two-year deal with Roma last week, and was presented with the Giallorossi's No 3 shirt yesterday.

He says: "I decided to come here because I want to keep playing in the Champions League...I'm ready to fight for my place."

The 33-year-old Cole spent the past eight seasons with Chelsea. He's the highest profile English player to go to Italy since David Beckham's two loan spells with AC Milan in 2009 and 2010.

Cole added: "Perhaps English players feel in their comfort zone in England. 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 realized 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," Cole said. "As soon as I spoke to (Roma coach Rudi) Garcia and I saw how much they wanted me here at Roma I jumped at the chance. Hopefully we can do something special next season and win the league."

Roma haven't won the Serie A title since 2001.