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The former England defender joined Roma on a free transfer following his Chelsea exit earlier this summer and has now claimed that the move was not motivated by money

Ashley Cole has hit out at his critics, claiming he joined Roma as it offered more of a challenge than Major League Soccer

Reports linked the ex-Chelsea full-back with a Bosman move to the cash-laden American league but he surprised many by choosing to continue his career in Serie A, signing a two-year deal in Italy.

The defender he has now criticised those who claim he is motivated by money, urging fans to simply focus on their own team's affairs.

“B4 I signed at Roma people on here killing me about playing there,” the former England international wrote on Twitter, “saying it's for the money and easy life style, I choose to play in a more demanding place and team and people still feel the need to moan, how about you just worry about ur team and I'll worry about mine (sic).

"I'm talking about the MLS by the way."

Cole won the Premier League title, four FA Cups, one League Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League during his time at Chelsea.