Former Chelsea and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole is among eight players recently released by MLS club LA Galaxy.

LA Galaxy announced that they won’t be exercising the resign option in Cole’s contract, leaving the 37-year-old as a free agent.

Ashley Cole joined LA Galaxy in 2016 after represent Arsenal, Chelsea and Roma at the peak of his career.

The former England international also had a good spell with The Three Loins. Earning a whooping 107 caps between 2001 and 2014, the sixth highest for an English international.

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Cole’s teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic was not among those released. But the Swedish has been linked with a return to AC Milan.

Ibrahimovic scored 22 goals in 27 games in his first season with LA Galaxy, but he is optimistic of remaining with them to challenge for trophy.

“For me to return, I want to be able to challenge for the trophy,” said the striker.

“I’m not here for a vacation. I’m here for the challenge. I want to feel I have a chance to be the best in MLS – my team, not me, because I am the best.”

 

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