Legendary Blue hangs up boots to pursue coaching career

Ashley Cole has announced his retirement at the age of 38, bringing to an end a 20-year playing career.

The legendary Chelsea left-back announced his retirement earlier today on Sky Sports saying:

“After hard consideration, it’s time to hang my boots up and look towards my next chapter.”

– Ashley Cole

Cole was out of contract at Championship side Derby County, helping former Blues teammate and Rams manager Frank Lampard to attempt to gain promotion to the Premier League, at the end of the 2018-19 season and says he is now focused on coaching.

He made his professional debut for Arsenal in 1999 and went on to represent Crystal Palace on loan, Chelsea, Serie A’s Roma, LA Galaxy in the MLS and Derby.

The London-born defender bows out as one of the most decorated players in the history of the domestic game, earning 107 caps for England – the most-capped full-back in England’s history – and is the most decorated footballer in FA Cup history, having lifted the trophy seven times.

He also won the Premier League twice with Arsenal – including the 2003-04 season in which the Gunners went unbeaten – and once with Chelsea after moving to Stamford Bridge in 2006.

Cole won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2011-12 and the Europa League the following season.

Saying goodbye to the fans in his final game as a Chelsea player in 2014 (Photo – Telegraph)

697 games
107 England caps
3 Premier League titles
7 FA Cups
One UEFA Champions League
One UEFA Europa League

The greatest left-back to ever play for Chelsea.
The greatest left-back to ever play for England.
The greatest left-back in Premier League history
And of the greatest left-backs in the history of the game.

An incredible player, an incredible career.

Enjoy your retirement Ashley, you thoroughly deserve it.

Terry Sazio

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