Ashley Cole finds a new club
The veteran ex-Chelsea left-back joins Derby County until the end of the season. Cole was without a club since leaving US Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in October. Cole made 32 appearances for LA Galaxy. He will now be reunited with his old England and Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard at Pride Park but in different roles.
The 38-year-old left-back has played 107 games for his country, made 384 Premier League appearances for Arsenal and Chelsea and donned the A.S. Roma jersey for 18 months before joining LA Galaxy in January 2016.
He won the Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea and had lifted 3 Premier League titles, 7 FA Cups and a League Cup. He was also the recipient of the England Player of the Year award in 2010.
The 38-year-old will become the oldest player to play in the Championship this season if he makes his debut. Lampard is confident Cole can be an effective signing despite his age.
"He's a fantastic player, a quality left-back, and he also brings great experience to the dressing room," Lampard told the club website.
"I know him very well from our time together at Chelsea, and with England, and I also know what he can bring to the group and the influence he will have.
"Ashley is in good shape, which doesn't surprise me because he's an excellent professional, and he will compete for a place in the side like every other player here.
"I've made my feelings known over the last couple of days just how highly I think of Ashley and I have no doubt whatsoever he will be a positive addition to our squad"
Ashley Cole is overjoyed with rejoining his old team-mate and told Rams TV "For me, it was a no-brainer" after signing for Derby County.