Ashley Cole is on the verge of becoming a Real Madrid player in a £30 million move, according to Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Casillas, who has just been voted as the best goalkeeper at the World Cup, admitted Cole is likely to be playing at the Bernabeu next season.
The Chelsea star has endured a tough relationship with the majority of England fans, exacerbated by his recent comments about life in this country.
A change of scenery would do wonders for Cole and Casillas said: “From what I am hearing the signs look good.
"I have only briefly spoken to people at the club but I am confident that he can be a Real Madrid player next year.
"I think it will be the right move for him both professionally and personally.
“A clean break from England is hopefully something he is very interested in,” the 29-year-old stopper, who has played almost 400 league games for Los Merengues, added.
Cole has previously worked under Madrid manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge and would jump at the chance of a reunion.
Casillas continued: "It will be his last big contract and who better to sign for than his old coach Mourinho at Real.
"He will know better than anybody this club will be successful under Jose.
"Jose has proved he buys players and makes them the very best in the world in their position.
"With Ashley he doesn't need to do that because he's already the best left-back in the world.
"Jose knows all about him and it comes as no surprise to me he is very much on Madrid's radar."
The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ has also shown an interest in Cole’s team mate Frank Lampard but ended his pursuit of Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard last night.
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