Carvalho set on Real move
Ricardo Carvalho has issued a plea to Real Madrid to sign him to link up with Jose Mourinho.
Last Updated: 24/07/10 5:40pm
Ricardo Carvalho has issued a plea to Real Madrid to sign him after admitting he was desperate to link up with former manager Jose Mourinho.
He has also stated that there is an agreement with the club that will see him leave the club should there be any takers.
The Portuguese centre-back was brought to Chelsea alongside Mourinho from Porto in 2004 after he took over at Stamford Bridge and went on to become a mainstay alongside John Terry in defence.
Carvalho is still a regular for the Blues, but Mourinho is looking to bolster his defence since moving to the Bernabeu from Inter Milan this summer, and the 32-year-old is seen as a likely target for his former boss due to the agreement with his current employers.
He had been consistently linked with a move to Inter following Mourinho's departure from the West London club, but despite staying at Chelsea, he conceded he would love the opportunity to play for Real.
"If there was a possibility to sign with Real Madrid, I would go there right now swimming or running," Carvalho told Spanish daily AS.
"Chelsea have a commitment with me to let me go this summer, for reasons which those responsible at the club and I know.
"It would be a dream to be able to play for Madrid, which for me is the best
club in the world, and to do so under the orders of the best coach in the
history of football.
"With Mourinho I experienced two marvellous periods at Porto and Chelsea.
To have the opportunity to win another Champions League with him at Real Madrid would be something tremendous."
Despite his age, Carvalho insisted that he felt he was in the prime of his career, and thanked Chelsea for his time at the club.
But he also stated that he felt the time had come to move on, and that Real was now a challenge he wanted to take.
"I find myself in the best moment of my career, because physically I am at the
top and moreover I have a great experience," continued Carvalho.
"I spent six spectacular years at Chelsea and I had the opportunity to
experience a glorious period of this club, but I repeat that to sign for Madrid
would be a dream.
"I'm very grateful to Roman Abramovich for signing me and making me part of
the Chelsea project for six years. He was a very important person for English
football and Chelsea, who became one of the best teams in the world."
Reports suggest Chelsea would agree to release Carvalho for a cut-price
6million euros (£5million).