AS Roma have released Ashley Cole halfway through his proposed contract, according to Sky Sports News.
The 34-year-old signed for the Serie A side last summer after being released by Chelsea, and with just 12-months remaining on his current contract, Roma officials informed him that he was no longer needed at the club, and they chose to terminate his contract.
Cole was entering the final year of his deal, with it set to expire next summer, but after making just 11 appearances last season, Rudi Garcia didn't see the need of keeping him on the books, and after consulting with the club's board, they then chose to release the veteran.
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Unwanted by Roma
The former-Arsenal and Chelsea star only made 11 appearances for Roma last year and hasn't had the desired impact the Italian outfit were hoping for after signing him back in 2014.
Roma took part in a friendly on Friday evening against La Liga side Sevilla, which they won 6-4 including a brace from new-boy Edin Dzeko, and Cole wasn't included in the squad and wasn't unveiled to the fans before the game.
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Before kick-off, the players, managers and coaching staff were introduced to the club's fans, and Cole wasn't present.
The 34-year-old spent all his career in England before completing a shock free transfer move to Roma.
He was with Arsenal from 1998 until 2006, which is when he completed a shock transfer to London-rivals Chelsea.
After moving to Stamford Bridge, Cole then spent eight years in west London, winning all there is in the game.
Due to the club's policy, Cole was being offered 12-month extensions at Chelsea each season after he turned 30, but he was then released by the club, along with Frank Lampard, leaving him a free agent before he agreed to join Roma.
However, one year later he has now been released by the Italian outfit, who deemed him surplus to requirements.
Do you think Cole is still good enough to play at the highest level? Or could he look for a move to the MLS like fellow Englishman Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard? Give us YOUR opinion in the comment box below!
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