Ashley Cole (born
London) is an
association football player. He is a
defender, who nearly always plays at
left back. He currently plays for
Arsenal and the
English national team.
Cole is known for his substantial pace, which is often used to great effect in supporting and overlapping the left-winger in front of him; in recent seasons that has been
Robert Pires. Critics have said his attacking talents conceal defensive weaknesses, though Cole's rapid ascension into the Arsenal and England teams at a young age demonstrates that the teams' respective managers have confidence in his abilities.
He was fined by the Premier League £100,000 on
2005 for a meeting in a hotel room in January
2005 between himself, the
José Mourinho, Chelsea chief executive,
Peter Kenyon, and his agent
Jonathan Barnett. An appeal in August 2005 did not reject the guilty verdict, but his fine was reduced to £75,000.
Chelsea were also fined £300,000 and Mourinho was fined £200,000, reduced on appeal in August 2005 to £75,000.
In 2005 he became engaged to
Cheryl Tweedy, the popular singer from British chart-topping act
Cole has been at Arsenal since he was a teenager, and signed as a professional on
2000. He made his debut for the first team on
Middlesbrough at the age of 18, although this was his only appearance of that season. Before fully breaking into the Arsenal side, he spent part of the
1999-2000 season on loan at
Crystal Palace, where he played 14 league matches. After an injury to
Silvinho, Arsenal's established Brazilian left-back, in autumn 2000, Cole came in as his replacement, and remained first-choice even after Silvinho's recovery.
With Arsenal, he has won the
Premiership twice (in
2004), and the
FA Cup three times (in
Despite publicly stating his desire to leave Arsenal and play elsewhere, Cole signed a one year extension to his contract on 18th July
2005. His current salary is thought to be £70,000 per week, although it is rumoured that the contract includes a get-out clause, which will allow him to leave after the 2005/06 season. He has recently attracted attention from
Real Madrid, who are reportedly looking to buy him as a future replacement for aging
Brazilian left back
Cole made his England debut against
May 2005, he won his 40th
cap, though he has never scored for the national side. He was also named as one of four England players in the
Euro 2004 all-star squad and, fitness and form permitting, will continue to be England's first choice left back at the
2006 World Cup. Cole currently has 44 caps.
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