38-Year-Old Ashley Cole In Talks To Reunite With Frank Lampard At Derby
In a somewhat surprising move, Ashley Cole has opened talks with Championship side Derby County over a potential transfer back to England, five years after leaving Chelsea.
The 38-year-old, who was released by LA Galaxy at the end of the 2018 season, would be available on a free transfer.
If discussions go to plan then he will be reunited with former club and international teammate, Frank Lampard, who currently manages the club.
Derby in talks to sign Ashley Cole :eyes:- Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) January 17, 2019
I bet Bielsa knew about this weeks ago
This Cole deal is far down the line, seems like it'll happen- Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) January 17, 2019
Cole would offer a huge amount of experience to their current squad. He made over 100 appearances for England between 2001 and 2014, while playing more than 650 games at senior level.
He lifted Premier League and Champions League titles during a successful spell at Chelsea, and was part of the famous 'invincibles' Arsenal side that went 49 games unbeaten in 2003/04.
Frank Lampard spoke about potentially getting Cole on board earlier this season:
"I don't know. I know Ashley well. I haven't spoken to him on it, so it's a conversation I could easily have. We also have Max Lowe on loan at Aberdeen as a young left back who had a really good pre-season for us.
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"So, again, one to consider over the next few weeks."
The fact that Cristiano Ronaldo named Ashley Cole as the toughest defender he's ever come up against is testament to his quality.
In an interview with El Chiringuito TV last year, the five time Ballon d'Or winner revealed that former Chelsea left-back Cole was a tricky customer.
This isn't the first time Ronaldo has expressed his admiration for Ashley Cole's defending ability. Speaking to Coach Magazine back in 2016, he said:
"Over the years I had some great battles with Ashley Cole, he does not give you a second to breathe. He was such a tenacious player when he was at his peak, quick, tough in the tackle.
"You knew it would never be an easy game."
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