Ashley Cole has been speaking for the first time about his move from Arsenal to Chelsea, revealing that he has a fight on his hands to earn a place in Chelsea’s starting line-up.
The Premier League champions paid £5 million for Cole in a deal that also took William Gallas to the Emirates Stadium.
Cole could make his debut against Charlton Athletic on Saturday, although he acknowledges that a starting place is not guaranteed.
“I must fight for my place here. It is definitely not my position. I have got a hard fight on my hands with Wayne Bridge,” the 25-year-old Cole told Chelsea TV.
“A lot of people have told me how good he is playing but I am here for a battle. I don’t just come here and expect to play. I had it at Arsenal – I had to fight for my place there – and coming here, there is definitely going to be a fight.”
Cole, who won two League titles with Arsenal, has now set his sights on a Champions League triumph.
“Hopefully coming here, I can win more medals and the Champions League,” he said.
“I have won (the league) twice and to win the Champions League would be a great achievement. I have been to the final once and hopefully one day I can pick it up.
“Chelsea have won the league two years on the trot and I think to go to the Champions League final and to actually win it would be a great achievement for them and me as well.”