Departing Chelsea winger Joe Cole has admitted his admiration for Serie A.

Cole has been linked with AC Milan and Lazio since the end of last season.

"Every team I played for want to hit the front players as early as possible," he conceded.

The England midfielder is now a free agent after Carlo Ancelotti opted not to keep him on at Chelsea.

"I'm thinking about my own future now. I want to play in a more central position, like I did at West Ham," he told Sky Sports.

"I feel I've got a lot more still to offer and my best days are ahead of me. I want the right kind of manager - a manager who loves me, who will put me in the team.

"At Chelsea there were players who could have two or three dreadful games before they were left out. I only had to have a dreadful 20 minutes and I was out."

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