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Ashley Cole leaves Roma - likely to join LA Galaxy

Former England defender Ashley Cole has left Roma after his contract was terminated by mutual consent, with a move to the United States expected to follow.

The 35-year-old former Chelsea and Arsenal full-back made 16 appearances for the Serie A club after joining on a two-year deal as a free agent in July 2014, but had not appeared since a 0-0 league draw at Chievo in March last year.

Cole is set to move to LA. Credit: PA

A statement on Roma's official website,, said: "AS Roma can today confirm that Ashley Cole's contract has been terminated by mutual consent.

"The 35-year-old English defender joined Roma in July 2014 following spells with Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Chelsea.

"After making his Giallorossi debut on 30 August 2014 in Roma's 2-0 opening day victory over Fiorentina, Cole went on to make a total of 11 appearances in Serie A and a further five in the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.

"The club would like to thank Cole for his commitment during his stay in Rome and wish him the very best for his future career."

Cole, who has almost 600 club appearances to his name as well as 107 England caps, has been linked with a move to join former England team-mate Steven Gerrard with the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer.

Ashley Cole closer to LA Galaxy move

Ashley Cole in the colours of AS Roma. Credit: PA

Ashley Cole is not certain to move from Roma to LA Galaxy, despite an official from the American club being quoted as saying a deal was "close".

A formal announcement regarding the arrival of the former England international was said to be on the cards, according to an unnamed Galaxy official quoted in the Los Angeles Times.

Galaxy coach and general manager Bruce Arena also added fuel to the fire by confirming he was in the process of strengthening the club's squad.

"I would anticipate that we'll add three or four players to our roster," Arena said.

Sources close to defender Cole insist that a possible transfer to Major League Soccer is simply one of "two or three options", one of which includes staying in Rome, where Cole is understood to be enjoying life.


Former Chelsea and Arsenal man hits new low at Roma

Ashley Cole has been left out of Roma's 21-man squad list for the Champions League.

Cole does not have a future at Roma. Credit: PA

The 34-year-old left-back had been linked with a return to the Premier League this summer after a difficult first season at Roma.

Cole made just 14 starts in all competitions for the Giallorossi in 2014-15 and the former Arsenal and Chelsea defender is unlikely to be given much playing time this season.

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has included summer signing Lucas Digne in his selection for Europe's elite club competition.

The France international joined Roma on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain last week and plays in Cole's role.

Ashley Cole explains why he turned down Arsenal book

Former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole has explained why he turned down the opportunity of featuring in a book about the club's 'Invincible's.'

Cole formed part of the Arsenal team who famously won the 2003/04 title without losing any games, an achievement which has never been matched in the Premier League era.

But the full back moved to rivals Chelsea under a cloud of controversy. He was caught secretly meeting Blues boss Jose Mourinho at a London restaurant while still under contract with Arsenal, and later expressed his disgust at the Gunners' offer of a new contract.

'Invincible: Inside Arsenal's Unbeaten 2003-2004 Season' by Amy Lawrence was released in October last year.

Arsenal boss admits 'regret' over Cole departure

Wenger says Cole should have spent his career at Arsenal. Credit: PA

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits that letting Ashley Cole leave the club is one of the biggest regrets of his career.

In a new book based on Arsenal's unbeatable Premier League season in 2003-4, 'Invincible' by Observer journalist Amy Lawrence, Wenger says that Cole left the club on a 'misunderstanding'.

Commenting on Cole's subsequent departure to Chelsea, Wenger says: "[Cole leaving was] A regret of my career. He left on a misunderstanding between his agent and the club.

"A fantastic fighter as well. The rest of his career has shown how big a player he is. It should have been here."

Wenger also said star striker Thierry Henry was "Usain Bolt with a top football talent".


Ashley Cole faces criminal battery probe

Ashley Cole played his last game for Chelsea last month. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive

Detectives are investigating a complaint of criminal battery against Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole in Los Angeles, police have confirmed.

The Premier League star allegedly threw champagne over British TV presenter Donatella Panayiotou during a night out at Hollywood nightclub Lure, the Sunday Mirror reported.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed they had received a battery complaint against Cole.

She said: "A battery report has been assigned to detectives from the Hollywood division."

Police have 30 days to investigate the complaint, which they received on May 31, before deciding whether to press charges, the spokeswoman said.

Ashley Cole retires from international football

England and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has tweeted his retirement from the national team, following reports that England manager Roy Hodgson would leave him out of his squad for the forthcoming World Cup.

Cole said the England team "should be about the young players", adding: "I think it best I retire from England team now."

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