Manchester United or Liverpool should sign Ashley Cole - Powell

The 33-year-old has revealed he expects to leave Chelsea this summer and the former Charlton defender believes he is still capable of shining in the Premier League

Outgoing Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is still good enough to do a job for Manchester United or Liverpool, according to former England international Chris Powell.

Cole is out of contract this summer and took to Twitter on Monday evening to reveal that he expects to leave Stamford Bridge after eight years with the Blues, having lost his first-team place to Cesar Azpilicueta in recent months.

Goal revealed on Tuesday that the 33-year-old is a target of both Liverpool and Tottenham, while Manchester United are pursuing Southampton starlet Luke Shaw as their long-term successor to Patrice Evra.

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And Powell, who enjoyed spells at West Ham and Charlton Athletic as a player as well as earning five England caps, insists Cole is still capable of serving with distinction at a top Premier League club.

"Ashley has played at the top for his whole career, first at Arsenal and now at Chelsea," Powell told Sky Sports.

"There are rumours that they want a left-back at Liverpool and at Manchester United but whether they will go for experience or whether they will go for a younger player, we'll have to wait and see.

"But he could easily fit into those clubs no problem. He is absolutely capable of doing a job in the Premier League for the next two or three years.

"I think he will be a player much sought after and whoever gets him will be a very fortunate football club and a very lucky manager because they are going to have a very good player."

Cole announced his retirement from England duty after being overlooked by Roy Hodgson in favour of Shaw for this summer's World Cup in Brazil, and Powell admits he would have made a different decision.

"I would have taken [Cole] because he's fresh," he added. "He hasn't played much football this season so he would have been ideal, he wouldn't have been run down by playing all of those games.

"But that's why Roy is paid the money he is, that's why he is the England manager. He has to make those decisions and I'll support the 23 that are out there."

Regardless of whether Cole manages to continue his career in the Premier League, Powell is adamant the former Arsenal man's legacy as England's greatest ever left-back is secure.

"I think a lot of people used to question his defensive qualities but those epic battles that he's had with [Cristiano] Ronaldo through the years, he's proven that he's a top, top player," he continued.

"To get 100 caps is outstanding in itself because of the level you're playing at and the pressure you're under, and he's coped with that.

"He's been a phenomenal player. Some people will regard Kenny Sansom and Stuart Pearce as all-time greats at left-back but for me it's Ashley, all day long."