Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has been released from his contract with Roma a year early, it has been confirmed.
The full-back joined Roma on a two year contract last summer, but has failed to make an impression and both parties have mutually agreed to terminate his contract.
The 34-year-old made just 11 Serie A appearances last term and barely featured for Roma in pre-season. Cole is now free to sign a new contract with any club he chooses.
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The Guardian report that Roma have confirmed to them that Cole's contract has been terminated after he was not included in the 26-man squad to be presented to fans at the Stadio Olimpico before the pre-season win against Europa League winners Sevilla.
It's an inglorious end to Cole's time in Italy after he decided to leave Chelsea, where he won three Premier League titles, a record seven FA Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League, last year.
The former Arsenal man, who won 107 caps for England, is likely to seek a move back to his home country although potential suitors may be sparse.
According to the Independent, Roma will now look to complete a move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Lucas Digne.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claimed last year that Cole was offered a new contract to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge, however the full-back opted to go ahead with his move to Roma. Cole followed Blues' legends such as Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard - both of whom were integral in the club's first ever Premier League win - out of the door over the past few season.
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