Ashley Cole: “I’ve come here to win”

Ashley Cole conducted his first interview with Roma Channel, which was released this afternoon via the team’s official YouTube channel.

Why did you choose Roma?
“Why Roma? I think it’s the ambition of the club. It’s a big club. They came in second last year. When I spoke with the manager they showed ambition and a desire to win. To the the Scudetto is something I wanted to be a part of. I had a few offers from lower league teams and teams in America, but I’m not ready give up and enjoy the life and sit on a beach and play. I came here to play. I’ve had a lot of success in my career and I don’t want to stop. I’m 33, yes, I’m getting older but the desire, the fight, and the determination is still there. I’m here to win and not sit on a beach.”

The fans are very passionate…
“Yes, I kind of figured that out from the minute that I landed (here) from London. There were a lot of fans outside the airport and when we got into the car to go to the training camp they were out there waiting for us, singing and cheering, I ran into the first workout around the field and could hear the fans. I had been told about their passion for football and Roma, I’m looking forward to that feeling. I still want to try these emotions and enthusiasm, I hope to contribute something special to win with this team.”

“I had a chance to play against him a few times, I played against him when I was like 19 or 20 and he was brilliant then. Of course he’s like a god here, I think he’s been here for about 20 years. He’s a great player and a great idol for this team and for this club, he is what Roma is about. Maybe one day I’ll have the chance to sit down and speak with him because, like I said, I’m kinda of a shy guy, maybe in the future we will be able to speak calmly.

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.