Ashley Cole's recent rejection of a new contract at Chelsea has seen him linked with a move to Real Madrid, via Fox Sports. While a future for the player at Chelsea is what many fans would like to see, a chance to play for Spain's most decorated club in history could be a hard to pass up.
The opportunity to work with his old manager, Jose Mourniho would also be a great move for the player. His first season at Chelsea during 2006/07 was Mourinho's last but it saw the player shine as a part of the club's Domestic Cup double winners.
With his final major contract looming on the horizon, a move to Real Madrid looks like the best major option for Cole, and could afford him a final shot at glory with one of the greatest teams in the world.
Ashley Cole has seen all the highs and lows of the English Premier League between his six years at Arsenal and now his seventh season at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.
The nearly 32-year-old continues to still prove he has the ability to be great at leftback for his club, but the new contract restrictions set to be leveled against veteran players by the Chelsea brass mean it is time for something new.
At his age Cole has a chance to try for one more major contract at a top level club and having won every possible trophy he could in England, why not try his luck in Spain.
Ashley Cole's continued struggles with Twitter rants have seen his level of respect wain in England.
Perhaps playing in a nation where players are more accessible to the press could reduce that frustration as they spend less time digging around his social media life in the hopes of scoring a scorcher of a story.
Jose Mourinho proved by making moves for Riccardo Carvalho and more recently Mikel Essien that age is no object to having a chance at the Bernabeu.
Cole has the experience and the still youthful charisma and cockiness to be successful in Spain as the pace of the game and the level of physical contact is lower.
Ashley Cole is an ideal candidate for Jose Mourinho's system as a full back because he is equally adept in attack as well as defense which makes him a threat up and down the entire flank.
He also would have the role of supporting Cristiano Ronaldo, and Cole's backing of the Portuguese winger could potentially give him greater opportunities to be even better.
Lastly, without Marcelo for at least the next three months, Madrid need a solid stand-in.
What better than to sign a proven veteran that could challenge for the first team every week and give your long term fullback (Marcelo) a chance learn from one of the best the game has ever seen at his position?