Ashley Cole denies reports of rift with Jose Mourinho

Ashley Cole dismisses reports of a rift between himself and former boss Jose Mourinho.

Roma defender Ashley Cole has denied reports that he has fallen out with his former manager Jose Mourinho.

The ex-England international, who made just 15 Premier League starts last season, dispelled suggestions of a rift between himself and the Portuguese, insisting that he only decided to join the Serie A side after speaking with new boss Rudi Garcia.

"First of all, me and Jose still had a good relationship. I was just getting a bit old for what he liked. As soon as I spoke to Rudi Garcia and I saw how much they wanted me here at Roma, I jumped at the chance," Cole told talkSPORT.

Cole will become only the third Englishman to ply his trade in the Italian top flight when he makes his debut for Roma.

Chelsea's Ashley Cole in action during a friendly match against Indonesia All-Stars on July 25, 2013
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