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Ashley Cole to Roma: Former Chelsea defender completes move to Serie A giants

The 33-year-old arrived in Rome on Monday morning and has signed a two-year deal with the club

Ashley Cole has completed his move to Serie A giants Roma on a free transfer.

The former Chelsea left-back arrived in the Italian capital on Monday morning as expected and has now signed a two-year deal.

It has been reported that Roma have agreed to match Cole's wage demands - believed to be £150,000-a-week - in order to convince him to move to the Stadio Olimpico.

It is believed that Roma’s ability to offer Cole Champions League football and a regular first-team place has been the deciding factor in the move, given that their second-place finish in the Italian league last season sealed a return to Europe's elite competition.

The Giallorossi confirmed Cole's arrival after posting a picture on their official Twitter account.

Cole is a free agent after he left Chelsea at the end of last season, bringing an end to his eight-year spell with the Blues. His Stamford Bridge exit coincided with the end of his England career, after Roy Hodgson’s decision to leave him out of the England squad for the World Cup led to Cole’s international retirement.

It was expected that he would seek to complete a move to the MLS for a lucrative end to his career after enjoying an extended break in the USA.

But it now appears Cole has chosen the Serie A title challengers for what appears to be the final stage of his career.