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On his day, Ashley Cole was regarded as one of the best left backs in the world, and he spent a bulk of his career at the top of the game for Chelsea.
Cole was Part of Arsenal’s Invincible squad and then moved to Chelsea in 2006, going on to win every club title as a Chelsea player, including the UEFA Champions League.
Cole left Chelsea in 2014, and then went to Roma before moving to the MLS and returning to the English game, playing for Frank Lampard’s Derby County.
Cole has revealed just how much he loves playing for the Blues and that his heart still yearns to play for Chelsea.
“It’s a killer, it’ll never go away!” Cole laughed as he told the official Chelsea website. “Your head still wants to play and thinks you can get out there but the legs can’t!
“I loved it here. I loved being around those guys and I miss it. Chelsea always looked after me and it’s nice to be back. It’s a special club.”
Cole has also revealed what it was like to leave Arsenal and join arch rivals Chelsea.
“I felt nerves,” he recalled. “I knew a lot of the players, but it was nerve-wracking coming to a new team with a new manager.
“I was excited. It was a tough decision to make at the time, but I was eager to get going. I came to the club a little bit angry inside. I wanted to prove what I was worth, that I was good enough to play at the top and I wanted to keep on winning,’ he explains.
“The Arsenal “Invincibles” team was a team of winners with big personalities. But over time, the big players were leaving – Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp was finishing, Thierry Henry – and I wanted to be around a team that had that will and desire to win.
“I’d played with Frank and John Terry with England, Joe Cole, Wayne Bridge, Shaun Wright-Phillips too, and I liked that mentality. They had won the league back to back and I wanted to be part of it. I was ready for it.”