Ashley Cole has completed a move to Championship side Derby County where he will be playing under his former Chelsea and England teammate Frank Lampard.
The 38-year-old has signed a six-month deal at Pride Park Stadium after two seasons at Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy.
— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) January 21, 2019
The former England left-back, who won 107 caps for his country, has left LA Galaxy in November and has since been a free agent.
Cole, who made 384 Premier League appearances for Arsenal and Chelsea, has returned to English football after a four-and-a-half year absence.
“He’s a fantastic player, a quality left-back, and he also brings great experience to the dressing room,” Lampard told the club website.
“I know him very well from our time together at Chelsea, and with England, and I also know what he can bring to the group and the influence he will have.”
“Ashley is in good shape, which doesn’t surprise me because he’s an excellent professional, and he will compete for a place in the side like every other player here.”
“I’ve made my feelings known over the last couple of days just how highly I think of Ashley and I have no doubt whatsoever he will be a positive addition to our squad.”
Frank Lampard described him as the “best English left-back of the recent generation.” And now Ashley Cole is a Derby player.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 21, 2019
Cole said on Derby’s YouTube channel: “For me, it was a no-brainer.”
“Of course, I’ve kept in touch with Lamps [Lampard], to see how good the team has been playing and followed Derby since Lamps got here.”
“For me, it was a no-brainer to come here and get involved in this great environment and hopefully push for promotion.”
The former England international left Chelsea for Serie A side Roma in the summer of 2014.
The veteran defender won the Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea and also lifted three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and a League Cup.