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Ashley Cole has joined LA Galaxy.

Ashley Cole joins LA Galaxy

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Former England left-back Ashley Cole, has signed for LA Galaxy.

Having had his contract with Roma terminated, Cole has pledged to end his football career in Major League Soccer, following an unsuccessful stint in Italy. 

The 35-year-old moved to Rome from Chelsea in 2014, making just 14 appearances in over 18 months and hasn't featured at all this season.

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Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was obviously excited though about a further addition that will build the club's global profile. He commented: "Ashley is one of the world's most successful defenders".

"We know that doesn't necessarily translate on the field when you come to Major League Soccer, but my interactions over the last couple of months show me he's a player that has a strong desire to play here in Los Angeles.

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"He's very fit and has a burning desire to get back on the field and prove to people he can still play.

"I have a hard time believing he won't be one of the better left-backs in our league."

At his peak, Cole was widely regarded as the best left-back in world football.

With 385 Premier League appearances, beginning in May 2000 against Newcastle United, Cole enjoyed almost unprecedented domestic success; winning three Premier League titles, the Champions League and a record seven FA Cups for Arsenal and Chelsea.

Though his departure from Highbury was acrimonious - he famously stated in his autobiography that he almost swerved off the road when the Arsenal board only offered him £55,000-a-week - few would argue with the notion that Cole is the greatest left-back in Premier League history.

At his peak, with deceptive strength, speed, agility and the ability to attack and defend in equal measure, the 35-year-old was the complete player, with even Cristiano Ronaldo struggling to consistently get the better over him.

With 107 caps, Cole becomes the third England centurion to sign for Galaxy after Steven Gerrard last summer and David Beckham in 2007.

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