Ashley Cole: Roma sign former Chelsea defender on two-year deal

Ashley Cole
Cole was a free agent, having left Chelsea after eight years at Stamford Bridge

Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has joined Roma on a two-year deal.

The Italian Serie A club tweeted a photographexternal-link of the 33-year-old, and confirmed on their website he has signed a contract until 2016.

Former England left-back Cole was a free agent after Chelsea opted not to offer him a new deal at the end of the season, his eighth at the club.

He tweeted:external-link "Will never forget my time in England - was a pleasure, but now onto a new challenge."

Ashley Cole timeline
November 1999Makes Arsenal debut in League Cup
March 2001Makes England senior debut in World Cup qualifier against Albania
2002First-choice left-back as Arsenal win the Premier League and FA Cup double
August 2006Signs for Chelsea
May 2010Wins the second league and cup double of his career
May 2012Wins a record seventh FA Cup
May 2012Wins the Champions League final at the third time of asking
January 2013Agrees one-year contract with Chelsea
May 2014Retires from international football after failing to make England's World Cup squad
July 2014Released by Chelsea

Cole joined Chelsea in 2006, winning the Premier League in 2010 and the Champions League in 2012.

He also won four FA Cups with the Blues to add to the three he lifted with Arsenal, where he was a Premier League champion twice.

Cole, who started 15 Premier League games last season, won 107 caps for England but announced his retirement from international football after being left out of squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Roma will compete in the Champions League this season after finishing as runners-up in Serie A last term.