Ashley Cole has joined former Chelsea and England team-mate Frank Lampard’s Derby County until the end of the season.
The 107-times capped England left-back was signed as a free agent after leaving Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy.
Derby are chasing promotion to the Premier League, and occupy sixth place in the standings, a finishing place that would be enough for a play-off place.
“This is probably the last interview where I call him Frank,” said Cole.
“I respect him so much, when I played with him and what he’s done in the little time he’s been here.
“He’s my boss now, it’s not as though I’ve come here to take shortcuts or expect anything more because he’s my friend. No.
“The same with Jody Morris and the other coaches. I respect them, they are my bosses, and I’ve just got to get my head down, train hard and work hard.
“I probably wouldn’t have come back to too many other teams.
“I would say it’s down to Lamps that I’m here.
“But am I looking forward to it? Of course. It’s a good challenge, a hard challenge, but I’ve always enjoyed a challenge.”
After winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, alongside the Champions League, Europa League and League Cup, Cole is targeting a first promotion of his career.
“I had a conversation with Frank maybe a month, two months ago,” said Cole
“I’ve kept in touch with Lamps, and have followed how the team has been doing since Lamps got here.
Cole has made 682 appearances across stints with Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Roma and LA Galaxy.
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to secure Ashley’s services for the rest of the season,” said Lampard.
“He’s a fantastic player, a quality left-back, and he also brings great experience to the dressing room.