By the time the 2015-16 season began, Ashley Cole’s career had been upended by a broken leg and then, when he returned in December, a knee injury.
The 34-year-old is now back to training and will be ready for the start of the season, with the expectation he will start the season in the starting line-up.
“We have spoken a few times now about Ashley Cole,” Milan’s general manager, Filippo Inzaghi, told Sport24.
“He has been our target for quite some time and we are happy to confirm that he will return to the starting XI against Juventus on Monday [October 16].”
He is a very good player, he’s had a very tough start to the season and we’re very happy that he’ll be ready.
He will definitely be one of the key players in our attack.
“He’s a player that has been one of our most important players in the last three years and we’ll be hoping that he continues to have a good season.”
Inzaghi was equally enthusiastic about the arrival of the Portuguese defender, who will join Milan from AC Milan for €5m, having previously joined Manchester United for £20m.
“Ashley is a player who has a great future ahead of him,” he said.
“We know that we’re a club with great potential and that’s why we’re really looking forward to bringing him to Milan.”
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