Former England international, Ashley Cole has officially ended his 17-year Premiership career by signing a two-year deal with Italian giants Roma, as reported by the Guardian.
The 33-year old who retired from international duty after being overlooked for World Cup, represented his country on 107 occasions and has won practically every domestic and European trophy on offer during his time with Arsenal and Chelsea.
Cole was a free agent after being released by Chelsea at the end of last season and was thought to be considering several high profile offers from the US, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Monaco to mention a few however it was Roma that will provide Cole the new challenge which includes Champions League football.
Roma have enjoyed a revival in recent times under Rudi Garcia, finishing second behind Juventus last season and with the return of Champions League football to the Stadio Olimpico, Garcia has been looking to strengthen his squad with European experience which Cole brings in abundance.
The two-year deal will surprise many considering Cole turned his back on far lucrative offers from around the world. Cole believes that at 33-years old he still has plenty to offer at the highest level something Roma can certainly offer him.
The deal is thought to be for two years with an option to extend for a further year available.
The former international, who was on £200,000 a week at Chelsea will be getting £35,000 a week with his new club, however will have the opportunity of boosting that to around £80,000 with bonuses and incentives, a clear indication that money never motivated his move.
Cole was greeted by around 50 supporters as he arrived at Rome’s Fiumicino airport before heading to the club’s Trigoria training facility to complete his medical and meet his new team-mates.
Cole signs with Roma
On arrival in Rome, the club's official Twitter account posted a picture of Cole at Rome airport and wrote, 'Welcome to Rome, Ashley!'
Cole tweeted: 'Happy to have signed my contract at Roma just want to thank everyone for your lovely messages. Will never forget my time in England was a pleasure, but now onto a new challenge'
Cole was the second new arrival on Monday, Fenerbahce midfielder Salih Ucan joining on a one-year loan.