Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole reunited at Derby County
- Cole has joined Lampard-led Derby as a player.
- Both have a rich history of playing at Stamford Bridge.
- Lampard is convinced his ex-teammate is in a perfect shape.
Age doesn't dictate terms for Ashley Cole who, aged 38, has signed a deal with Derby County until the end of the season. He will play under Frank Lampard's guidance (Lamps is 40 years old, if you wonder) while the Rams are pushing for a Premier League promotion.
''He's a fantastic player, a quality left-back, and he also brings great experience to the dressing room,'' Lampard told the club website. ''I know him very well from our time together at Chelsea, and with England, and I also know what he can bring to the group and the influence he will have.
''Ashley is in good shape, which doesn't surprise me because he's an excellent professional, and he will compete for a place in the side like every other player here. I've made my feelings known over the last couple of days just how highly I think of Ashley and I have no doubt whatsoever he will be a positive addition to our squad.''
State of things in the Championship:
Cole spent 8 years at Stamford Bridge that totally overlapped Lampard's time at Chelsea. He only has one Premier League title but he also knew plenty of success in the cup competitions (4 FA Cups, 1 League Cup). He helped the Blues to back-to-back European trophies (Champions League and Europa League).
Derby also have Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori on loan from Chelsea this campaign. Both are having a regular practice over there.