Date of Birth:08/11/1981
Height:5' 9" (176cm)
Weight:11st 7lbs (73.0kg)
Previous Clubs:West Ham, Lille (loan), Liverpool, Chelsea, West Ham
Both bosses recognised that even when Cole isn't playing, he still plays a key role in inspiring young lions like Jack Grealish, who look up to the former Chelsea and Liverpool great.
Cole joined Villa on a free transfer in June 2012 on a two year deal.
His debut came in August 2014, starting in the League Cup second round defeat to Leyton Orient at Villa Park.
His first Premier League game was in October 2014, as he came on for Christian Benteke in the 3-0 away defeat away to Everton.
Cole made his first start for Villa away to Burnley, opening the scoring in a 1-1 draw.
The midfielder suffered a selection of different injury issues throughout the campaign but had a spurt of substitute appearances in the closing weeks of the campaign.
He finished the term as an unused sub in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.
Cole was born in Paddington before moving to Somers Town in central London.
He came through the youth system at West Ham United, playing in the same team as future fellow England international Michael Carrick.
He made his first team debut for the Hammers aged 17 in an FA Cup third round game against Swansea City.
Cole made 150 appearances in all competitions in his first stint at Upton Park, scoring 13 goals.
He was made club captain in 2002-03 at the age of 21 and was awarded the club's player of the season.
He joined Chelsea for £6.6m in 2003.
Following the arrival of Jose Mourinho as manager in 2004, he became a key part of the squad that won the Barclays Premier League twice in a row.
In his time at Chelsea, he won the Premier League three times, the FA Cup three times, the League Cup twice and the Community Shield twice, as well as being voted Chelsea's player of the season in 2008.
He turned out 280 times for the Blues in all competitions, scoring 39 goals.
Cole moved to Liverpool as a free agent in 2010 and made 32 appearances in all competitions for the Reds.
He moved to Lille on loan in 2011 and helped the defending champions finish third, qualifying for the Champions League.
He made 43 appearances for the French team and scored nine goals.
Following his return to Liverpool, Cole played 10 games before leaving to re-join his first club, West Ham.
He made 30 more appearances in two seasons at Upton Park before leaving for the second time.
Cole has won 56 England caps and has played at three World Cups.
He has scored 10 times for England, including a memorable volley against Sweden in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.