Ashley Cole dismisses AS Roma exit rumours

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AS Roma have dismissed rumours that Ashley Cole is looking to leave Stadio Olimpico less than three months after joining the club on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract at Chelsea.

The former England international penned a two-year deal with the Serie 'A' runners up after the Blues opted against offering him a new deal, ending his eight-year spell in west London.

Jose Mourinho opted to deploy Cesar Azpilicueta out of position on the left side of his defence at the expense of Cole for much of last season, and the writing was on the wall when Chelsea were linked with further full-back reinforcements during the summer transfer window.

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The 33-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Major League Soccer but made the surprise switch to Italy after citing his ambition to win even more trophies in the aftermath of a hugely successful spell at Stamford Bridge.

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"English players are probably afraid to come abroad, they're in a comfort zone in England," explained the former Arsenal star, who had spent his entire 16-year career playing in the English capital prior to his move to Rome in July.

"This is a chance for me to try a different language, culture and way of living."

Cole made his competitive debut for Rudi Garcia's side in the 2-0 victory over Fiorentina almost a fortnight ago, but has had to wait to build on that due to the international break.

Last week reports emanating from Italy hinted that the Chelsea legend was struggling to fit in in his new surroundings but, according to the Daily Star, Roma have since dismissed suggestions the player wants to quit after just one game.

The report seemed strange seeing as it came so soon after Cole had been quoted actively encouraging other English players to follow his lead and test themselves abroad, with his everlasting desire for success believed to be central to his decision to put off a switch to the MLS for another couple of years at least.

Italian newspaper La Repubblica was the publication that originally ran the story about Cole's alleged unrest, claiming that Orlando City and Toronto FC were both ready to offer the player an escape route to North America when the transfer window reopens in January.

Cole received a lot of ribbing since joining Roma thanks to a squad photo that went viral showing him standing several feet adrift from his team-mates, but that was never seriously taken as an indication the player was unhappy in his new surroundings.

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