Cole: I joined LA Galaxy for trophies
CARSON, Calif. (AP):
Ashley Cole freely acknowledges he once compared Major League Soccer to relaxing on a beach. The LA Galaxy's new defender intends to show the world he didn't move to Hollywood to sit in the sand.
The Galaxy formally welcomed the English star and Belgian defender Jelle Van Damme yesterday, adding two major talents to the five-time MLS champions' rebuilt roster.
"I'm going to try to work as hard as I can, and change a few views on me being here," Cole said. "And, of course, I'm a winner. I always want to win. I don't come here to sit on the beach to rest. I'm here to play football. I'm not a diva. I'm not this egotistical guy that comes and thinks he's bigger than anyone. I'm here to work hard."
Cole reacted with diplomacy and self-effacement when the first question of his introductory news conference in California focused on his June 2014 comments to Italian reporters upon his arrival at Roma.
Back then, Cole said he had rejected U.S. offers because he was "not ready to relax on a beach yet".
"I'm not going to come in and try to defend myself," said Cole, who will wear his familiar No. 3 shirt. "It was said, but it was for sure taken out of (context). I was talking to the reporter before, and he kind of said it to me: 'Oh, we're glad to have you at Roma. We didn't expect you to be here. We thought you would go and relax on the beach.' So in the interview, I (repeated) it."