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Chelsea legend Ashley Cole has confirmed his retirement from football live on TV during the build-up to Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Leicester City.
Cole was a Chelsea player for eight years after leaving local rivals and boyhood club Arsenal in favour of a move to Stamford Bridge where his career further blossomed.
The 38-year-old last played for Derby County last season, having been signed on a short term deal in January by former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard.
His retirement brings to an end a career which saw him win three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, the League Cup and the Champions League.
Announcing his retirement, Cole said: “After hard-thinking and consideration, it was time to hang my boots up and look forward to my next chapter, which will hopefully be coaching.
“I am doing the course at the moment and now I want to be great as a coach.”
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 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 last month. “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.”