After his contract expired at the end of the season, Ashley Cole was determined to play a bit more and had been actively looking for a new club. Recent quotes from his agent Jon Bartnett had suggested there were a number of clubs in for the left-back's signature, but their preference remained a move abroad. As such, negotiations bore fruit, and Chelsea's favourite left back will now be playing for Roma in the Serie A.
This'll presumably be the last big club Cole will play for, so looking back, Arsenal, Chelsea and AS Roma will make for a fantastic trio of clubs to have turned out for. We haven't seen a lot of prominent English players leaving the Premier League to join prominent Italian/Spanish/German clubs in recent years, but given that Ashley had just about enough left in the tank for a couple of seasons of top-tier football, the Serie A shouldn't make for too shabby a destination for him.
Roma will be playing Champions League football next season (thanks Destro!), so that probably contributed to Cole's decision too. In any case, we now have a very good reason to watch them in action next season, and with luck, will get to welcome Cole back to the Bridge if the Champions League draws are kind enough!