Football: Cole Reveals That He Snubbed Real to Join Chelsea

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Ashley Cole revealed last night why he left Arsenal and snubbed Real Madrid for Chelsea - because he believes the Blues have more Englishmen and superstars.

The England left-back made his drawn-out and controversial move across London last week to join Chelsea and his international team- mates John Terry, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole.

Despite the Spanish giants Madrid boasting a squad of galacticos, and Arsenal reaching the European Cup final with their squad of mostly non-English players, the 25-year-old Cole believes that he has a better chance of success at every level with Chelsea.

The Stamford Bridge club splashed out on the World Cup superstars Andrei Shevchenko and Michael Ballack this summer, and they were more tempting to Cole than lining up alongside Thierry Henry or David Beckham.

He said: "Before I went to the World Cup I spoke to Arsenal manager Arsne Wenger. He asked me where I would like to go and I told him I would rather concentrate on the World Cup.

"I was told after the World Cup there were a couple of clubs interested -Chelsea and Real Madrid -and I'm happy to be here. Two or three days before the transfer window, Chelsea came in with their final bid and I'm here now.

"They [Chelsea] have won the League for two years' running and have a great captain in JT [Terry] as well as a lot of English- based players. …