Cole's Choice A Refreshing Move...

Despite receiving lucrative offers from MLS after his Chelsea deal expired, Ashley Cole chose to join Roma. Hopefully it will encourage more English players to move abroad...

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Mike_Christie (Manchester United) says...

Cole is moving abroad in the twilight of his career to continue to play at a high level, and when he has already earned vast sums of money. When it comes to younger players, the sad fact is that outside a few of Europe's elite clubs, there aren't many clubs that can match the money on offer in the Premier League. Its far more lucrative to warm the bench for Stoke than it is to turn out for a team like Valencia or Lazio. The idea that a player who already has league titles and European titles and has been lauded as one of the best players in his position of his generation, and has earned so much money that it's not a factor in his decision has chosen to continue to play in one of the world's top leagues rather than heading out to a lesser league just for the cash will somehow inspire younger players to give up the easy option of staying at home and earning more money to take up the challenge of playing abroad for less cash doesn't seem to make much sense.

Posted 1:57pm 15th July 2014

ildiavolorosso (Manchester United) says...

Sparky moved to Barca in 1986, Rush moved to Juve in 1987, Gascoigne to Lazio in 1992, Paul Lambert to Dortmund in 1996 (winning the CL with them the next year), Steve McManaman to Madrid in 1999, Becks to Madrid in 2003.. Heck even Matt Derbyshire moved to Olympiakos in 2009..None of those moves appear to have inspired anyone else.. so why should this be any different?

Posted 7:09pm 14th July 2014

beckenbauer (Fulham) says...

Great move for him. What seems to be overlooked often is the city the club is located in as a factor in a player's decision to move somewhere. Rome - one of the most beautiful cities in the world, especially when you are massively rich and can lead a life of luxury in nice weather and only a couple of miles away from the sea. I'm jealous.

Posted 6:44pm 14th July 2014

timbo (Cardiff City) says...

So he's no Ca$hley after all.

Posted 12:15am 14th July 2014

supershrimper (Southend United) says...

It would be nice to see more younger players heading abroad. Why take a loan at Wigan (Sorry Wigan fans) when you could be in Spain, Portugal, Greece etc. etc. Sun, Sea, etc.... doctor_cowboy. Primes, lol.... Wish I'd had more than one too.

Posted 4:14pm 13th July 2014

doctor_cowboy (Liverpool) says...

Imagine how much more well-rounded English players would be if they tried their hand at other leagues while they were still in their primes.

Posted 4:20am 13th July 2014

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