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Derby County have signed former England left-back Ashley Cole on a deal until the end of the season. The 38-year-old, who won 107 caps for his country, is reunited with former Chelsea and international team-mate Frank Lampard, now Derby manager.
Cole featured in 32 games for US Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy last season before leaving in October. He made 384 Premier League appearances for Arsenal and Chelsea, and also played for Roma in Serie A.
“He’s my boss now and I haven’t come here to take shortcuts or expect anything more because he’s my friend,” said the former Arsenal, Chelsea, Roma and LA Galaxy star. It’s the same with Jody Morris, (Chris) Jonesy and Shay (Given)”, Cole told the media.
“I know all of these guys but I respect them and they are going to be my bosses and I’ve just got to get my head down, train and work hard and listen to them as well”, he added.
“For sure, I am coming out of my comfort zone. I could have stayed in the MLS and relaxed but I wanted to come here and fight for something, a good cause to try and make promotion. It would be great for the club, Lamps and me. But this is probably the last interview I call him Frank!”, the British player revealed. The Daily Mail report that the 38-year-old has agreed terms on a six-month, £15.000-a-week deal at Pride Park.
What Lampard says
Lampard, who won the Double in 2010 and the Champions League alongside Cole in 2012, is convinced that Ashley will bring very positive things to Derby: “He would bring quality and experience. I speak to Ash all the time. He’s a great lad and I know he’s fit, fresh and wanting to continue to play”.
“I know the influence he would have but it has to be right for all parties. In my opinion, he’s the greatest left-back of a generation. Of course, his age is an obvious thing but it’s not a problem for me”, he added.