"Great challenge" excites Ashley Cole

Chelsea's Ashley Cole in action during a friendly match against Indonesia All-Stars on July 25, 2013
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Former England and Chelsea left-back explains the reasons why he decided to join Roma.

Ashley Cole has revealed that ambition and Champions League football tempted him to sign for Roma.

Having been released by Chelsea, the former England international had been linked with a host of clubs around the world.

However, earlier this month it was confirmed that the 33-year-old had agreed a two-year contract at the Stadio Olimpico.

Speaking for the first time about his decision, Cole told reporters: "I decided to come here in order to continue to play in the Champions League at a great and ambitious club. This is a great challenge and I am ready, I am ready to fight for a place in the team and to try to win."

Cole has been handed the number three shirt by La Maggica.

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