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The former Liverpool stalwart and New England coach slams the former Chelsea full-back, claiming that his comments on football in United States betray his arrogance

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has slammed Roma defender Ashley Cole for suggesting that playing in Major League Soccer would constitute an "easy" time.

The left-back, who signed for the Serie A giants this summer after eight seasons with Chelsea, had told his new club's official website that "I have had other offers from USA but I didn't want to sit on the beach yet" when asked about his decision to move to Italy.

He also later tweeted that he opted to join Roma in order to enjoy "a more demanding place and team" rather than move to North America.

Nicol, who played for Liverpool for 13 years and coached the New England Revolution from 2002 to 2011, took exception to the remark and claimed that Cole has betrayed arrogance with his comments.

"Ashley Cole said if I wanted an easy ride I would have gone to MLS. Such an ignorant comment. MLS does not want you thanks," tweeted the 52-year-old, who won the 1983-84 European Cup and five league titles in his playing days.

Nicol later wrote of the ex-Arsenal star that "he was good but he ain't as good as he thinks he is".

Had Cole moved to MLS, he would have joined former team-mates Thierry Henry, of the New York Red Bulls, and Frank Lampard, who is set to sign for New York City.