Ashley Cole is keen to stay at Roma and battle for his first-team future, according to his agent, who branded links with Crystal Palace a “disgrace”.
The ex-Chelsea left-back joined the Serie A giants on a free transfer over the summer after seeing out his contract at Stamford Bridge.
However, the 33-year-old’s spell in Italy hasn’t been, so far, the success he would had hoped for, with the ex-England international having made only 11 first-team outings – Jose Holebas has been selected ahead of him for the last five games.
His struggles have seen links with a move away from Rome arise in recent times, with Palace emerging as shock contenders for a loan deal recently.
But, Cole’s representative, David Manasseh, says that talk of his client moving is wide of the mark and disrespectful:
“Ashley is loving life in Italy and in Rome. He has never been happier.” He is quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“Whoever has given this information out is a disgrace because all it does is give fans of a football club false hope.
“Ashley is concentrating on trying to win trophies in Italy and, in particular, Serie A this season. Nothing else.”
Cole, who earns £80,000-per-week, has also been linked with moves to the MLS.