Ashley Cole opens up on the criticism that surrounded his transfer from Arsenal to Chelsea

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Ashely Cole is one of the most famous members of England's 'Golden Generation' team that hit their peak over a decade ago. 

Although they underperformed together on the international stage, a number of players in that squad had glittering club careers - and Cole was one of them.

He's a three-time Premier League champion and an 'Invincible', a seven-time FA Cup winner and he also lifted both the Champions League and the Europa League. 

The defender went to find new adventures with AS Roma and LA Galaxy in his twilight years - before returning to England last month. 

At 38-years-old, he's signed a short-term contract at Derby County, linking up with former teammate Frank Lampard, who manages the Rams. 

He's had quite a career then and there's still a chance for him to write one more chapter if he can help Derby secure promotion to the Premier League. 

SKY SPORTS APPEARANCE

With Cole back in town, Sky Sports wasted no time getting him back into the public eye and he appeared as a pundit for their coverage of West Ham vs Liverpool on Monday night. 

The Englishman was one of football's most polarising figures throughout his career, so his appearance on Monday Night Football was sure to draw an audience. 

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He was asked a range of questions - both about the game he was there to analyse, and his own career. 

Unsurprisingly, the topic of his highly controversial transfer from Arsenal to Chelsea in 2006 arose. 

'CASHLEY'S' CONTROVERSIAL MOVE 

At the time, many Gunners fans and even the press put his transfer down to selfishness and claimed that he left for the money, branding him 'Cashley' Cole for some time.

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In truth, he found so much success at Stamford Bridge, both personally and with his team. And over a decade on, Cole's opened up about how he felt making that move.  

"I was a little bit hot-headed and didn’t realise what I was doing at the time as well but I don’t regret it," he revealed. 

"When I look back now, it was something maybe that was meant to happen."

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Cole was then asked if the hostility he had to face from Arsenal fans took its toll and his answer to that is refreshingly honest as well. 

NOT HIS FAULT

"Of course it hurt me because I knew it wasn’t just my fault. I didn’t leave for no reason. I didn’t go to Arsene Wenger and say 'I want to leave'. There was more to it," he continued.

"It happens in football now, I’ve seen it happen to a lot of other players. It’s life, I moved on, they moved on.

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"I do feel sometimes a little bit sad because it was my club, I played there since I was nine. To have that ill-feeling from the fans, still, is hard sometimes."

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