There are some wistful smiles on the faces of Chelsea fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern as Sky Sports News have just tweeted that Ashley Cole is has sealed his move to Roma.
The former Blues defender refused to speak with any Premier League clubs out of respect for Chelsea (sorry Arsenal fans) and has instead decided that a move to Serie A, where he is positively a spring chicken, is the way forward.
Now as one our punters notes, the defender could have taken the opportunity to sign for Liverpool and make a move to a fellow top 4 Premier League club, but seems to think that he owes Chelsea fans something.
Punters in the tavern – Arsenal allegiances aside – are sad to see Cole leave and think that this is not the end for the defender and that he will certainly show the attackers in Serie A a thing or two!
Chelsea meanwhile are still on the hunt for Cole’s replacement and have been heavily linked with Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis but the Blues are encountering a few hiccups in this particular pursuit.
Chelsea fans. Should Cole have been given one more season or was it the right time to say goodbye to a long serving player, looking to the future instead? Let us know your thoughts below.