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The former Liverpool stalwart and New England head coach has slammed the ex-Chelsea full-back, claiming his comments on US football betray his arrogance

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has rejected the implication by ex-England international Ashley Cole that playing in the MLS would constitute an "easy" time.

The left-back, who signed for Serie A giants Roma this summer after eight seasons with Chelsea, had told his new club's official channel: "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 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.

In a later reply, Nicol subsequently tweeted about Cole: "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.