New AS Roma signing Ashley Cole believes British footballers are scared of moving away from the Premier League and don't want to play in the unknown, as rep[rted by the Express.
The left-back became one of few English players to leave the Premier League for an overseas club, after agreeing a two-year deal with Roma, and during his formal welcoming in Italy, Cole stated that he thinks English players are scared of escaping their comfort zone.
Cole, who spent all of his career in England with Arsenal and then Chelsea, finally took the choice to leave his homeland after he was released by The Blues after his contract expired, and despite several offers from around the globe, Cole eventually chose Roma.
Despite being offered mega-contracts from MLS, Cole took a whopping pay-cut in order to join the Serie A side, and he stated that his decision was down to his desire to keep playing at the top level and in the Champions League.
After securing his move to Roma, it made Cole the first English player to compete in the Italian league, and he believes more players should follow his footsteps.
"Perhaps British players are a little afraid to move abroad. They are accustomed to British culture and for them it is convenient to stay at home.
"But as soon as I had this opportunity, I was glad to get out of London, to face a new language and a new culture."
Cole is hoping to bring his successful England days to Italy, and with a rift against Jose Mourinho clouding his last few months at Stamford Bridge, the fullback decided to discuss publicly about what actually happened between himself and the boss.
"I've always had a good relationship with Mourinho. Then as the years have gone by, I was probably not as useful to Chelsea and my agent told me of the chance to come to Roma.
"During my career I have had great coaches like Arsene Wenger, Mourinho and Luiz Felipe Scolari and I am certain that at Roma it will be the same."
Cole then continued to open up about his reasons behind joining AS Roma.
"I decided to come here in order to continue to play in the Champions League with a great and ambitious club.
"I am not afraid of the pressure to win because I spent 14 years in England always fighting for a starting spot and that's what I want to continue doing.
"I'm also ready to fight for a place in the team and to try to win."
"I know it's a special atmosphere at Roma, I immediately realised the passion of the people and their love of this club.
"But this is also the reason why I am here, to experience these emotions and enjoy the city and this adventure."