David Beckham has hailed Ashley Cole as one of the best left-backs in football history after his former England teammate joined LA Galaxy earlier this week.
AS Roma agreed to terminate Cole’s contract by mutual consent earlier this month in order for the 35-year-old to complete his move to Major League Soccer.
And Beckham, who spent five years with the Galaxy, believes his former employers have pulled off a major coup luring him to America.
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The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star posted a photo of himself and Cole celebrating a goal on Instagram, alongside the caption: “Congratulations to Ash & the galaxy for completing the signing of one of the best left backs in the history of the game.
“This can only be good for the league and especially the Galaxy as a team and organization.”
Cole must prove himself again
Cole will need to prove that he still has plenty to offer following his disappointing spell with Roma.
The former Chelsea and Arsenal defender only made 11 Serie A appearances for the Italian giants last season and failed to play a single minute of league football this term before his contract was terminated.
Bruce Arena: Cole is worth a gamble
However, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena believes that Cole, who made 107 appearances for the England national team, is worth a punt.
"Whether you think it's a risk or a gamble, these are the risks and gambles that you take," Arena was quoted as saying by BBC Sport this week. "Ashley Cole has a great history.
"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.
"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."
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