Ashley Cole’s contract at AS Roma has been officially terminated by mutual consent between him and the club, a BBC report confirms.
A statement on Roma’s official website read: “AS Roma can today confirm that Ashley Cole’s contract has been terminated by mutual consent. The club would like to thank Cole for his commitment during his stay in Rome and wish him the very best for his future career.”
The English left back joined Roma in 2014 and made 16 appearances for the Serie A club, but he failed to play a single game in the current season. His time at the club was almost deemed over when he was left out of Roma’s 25-man Champions League squad in September. Roma signed Lucas Digne from Paris Saint-Germain who became the first choice left back for Rudi Garcia.
The contract termination comes two days after Sky Italia reported that Cole, 35 will be accepting an offer to play for the LA Galaxy in the MLS. If he does play for LA Galaxy, he will be reunited with former England teammate Steven Gerrard. BBC have, in fact, confirmed that Cole will join the MLS side.
Roma had a poor season after a torrid run of results in the Series A. They also sacked Garcia very recently after Roma won just one game since the beginning of November. The Italians will also play Real Madrid in the last 16 games of the Champions League.
Cole came through the ranks at Arsenal before joining Chelsea for £5m in 2006, where he spent eight years. He made the move to Italy on a free transfer in July 2014. Cole won three Premier Leagues, seven FA Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League at the time when he was considered as one of the best left backs in the world. He also won 107 caps for England, playing in three World Cups.