Arsenal legend tips Chelsea star for ‘attractive’ French switch

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Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is ‘sure to be interested’ in a potential summer move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to Arsenal legend Robert Pires.

The 79-cap former French international retired from football in 2011, but spent six seasons under Arsene Wenger at Highbury and then the Emirates Stadium before moving to Villarreal and then Aston Villa.

During his spell in north London, the 39-year-old watched Cole emerge as one of the world’s best left backs before moving to Stamford Bridge, and Pires believes a move to Ligue 1 could well appeal to the 31-year-old.

"Paris could be interesting for him, at a sporting level and a financial level," said Pires, according to Sky Sports.

"He could say okay to Paris. The plans attract him, I know him well and I'm sure he is interested."

Cole controversially left the Gunners in the summer of 2006, signing for the Blues on deadline day in a deal that saw William Gallas move the other way.

The full-back won two Premier League titles with Arsenal, but since making the capital switch, he's won one more English title, as well as four FA Cups and a Champions League.

Resentment over the Chelsea move remains strong to this day however, with Cole admitting in his autobiography that one of the reasons for the move was because of a £55,000 wage offer. He was expecting £60,000.

Cole currently earns in the region of £120,000 after signing a contract extension in 2009, but with Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo unwilling to break the club's policy of offering more than a one-year deal to over 30s, the player could leave for nothing at the end of the season.

And, with club's from across Europe showing an interest, his old Arsenal teammate believes the French capital might fit well with Cole.

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