English Premiership

Joe Cole signs for Villa

2014-06-10 09:55
Joe Cole (Gallo Images)

Birmingham - Former England midfielder Joe Cole has prolonged his top-flight career by joining Aston Villa.

The Birmingham club, who flirted with relegation from the English Premier League, before finishing five points clear of the drop last season, announced Tuesday that Cole had signed a two-year deal.

Former England midfielder Cole, 32, was a free agent after being released by West Ham last season.

Cole, who has also played for Chelsea and Liverpool, won 56 caps for England.

"I'm really excited," he told AVTV, the club's in-house television station.

"It all happened really quickly, I got a call maybe a week or 10 days ago and it just felt like it was a really exciting place to come at this moment."

Cole becomes Villa's second pre-season signing after former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos arrived last week.

Villa manager Paul Lambert is looking to revamp his squad despite the uncertainty caused by US-based owner Randy Lerner's announcement last month that he wants to sell the club.

Fans of the Midlands side -- champions of England in 1981 and European Cup winners a year later -- have seen their side battling relegation for each of the past two seasons but Cole believes the time is ripe for a revival.

"This is a massive club and there's a massive opportunity for the club to push on. That was the main factor," he said.

"I spoke to the gaffer (Lambert) and we have similar views on football. He didn't need to sell the club but he explained what the view is for the future and, like I said, that was the main thing. When I spoke to the manager I knew I'd be signing.

"I'll be coming here and I'll be learning too. Obviously I'll bring my experience to the squad but you still learn every day and I want to learn."

Cole has just finished a second spell at West Ham, the club where he made his name as one of the most talented English footballers of his generation.

He moved from east to west London in 2003 after joining Chelsea in a £6.6 million ($11m) transfer.

During his seven years at Stamford Bridge he won three Premier League titles and became an England regular before injuries saw him drop out of first-team contention.

Cole joined Liverpool in 2010 but the move was not a success but a loan spell at French club Lille revived his career before he returned to where it all began fr him at Upton Park.

However, he struggled for game time under Hammers manager Sam Allardyce's plans, with Cole's last Premier League in December when he scored in a 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Cole said: "So far I've been lucky enough to have a really good career but there's still a lot more I want to achieve. The fire is still burning in me.

"I want to play at the highest level and win things still and this club fits...I'm as excited now as I was as a 16-year-old lad going into my first season with West Ham."


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
30 October 2016
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 15:30
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
31 October 2016
Stoke City v Swansea City, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.