Ashley Cole: Roma signing says English players afraid to go abroad

Roma defender Ashley Cole
Former England left-back Ashley Cole has signed a two-year contract with Roma

Former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole believes English players are afraid of moving to a foreign club.

The 33-year-old ex-England international has joined Italian side Roma after leaving Chelsea when his contract expired with the Blues.

"English players are probably afraid to come abroad, they're in a comfort zone in England," said the left-back.

Only one of England's 2014 World Cup squad - Celtic keeper Fraser Forster - does not play in the Premier League.

Ashley Cole's Chelsea career
Aug 2006: Signs from Arsenal
May 2010: Wins the Premier League title and FA Cup
May 2012: Wins a record seventh FA Cup final
May 2012: Wins the Champions League final at the third time of asking
May 2013: Wins the Europa League
May 2014: Announces he is likely to have played his last game for club
July 2014: Signs two-year-deal with Roma

Cole said the move to Serie A gave him the chance to "try a different language, culture and way of living".

Chelsea chose not to offer Cole a new deal but the player insisted he still had a "good relationship" with Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

Cole has signed a two-year deal with Roma, who will play in this season's Champions League after finishing second to Juventus in Serie A.

Speaking at his first news conference as a Roma player, he added: "I'm not afraid of pressure. I noticed the fans' passion and love as soon as I landed. I'm going to enjoy my time here."

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