Roberto Carlos: I was very close to joining Chelsea

The iconic left-back had already met with Roman Abramovich and Peter Kenyon and was all set to move to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer soccer tips today

 

Brazil legend Roberto Carlos has revealed that he was "very close" to joining Chelsea in 2007, only for the transfer to collapse at the last minute.

The former defender was a free agent at the time, having parted company with Real Madrid after 11 trophy-laden years at Santiago Bernabeu.

"I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea," Carlos told Goal after the Challenge Heineken Legends. "Chelsea didn't work out so I signed for Fenerbahce.

"But, with Chelsea, it got very close. It was literally agreed and I just had to go there and sign the contract.

"It was just a week before I signed for Fenerbahce and I had been to Paris to meet both Roman Abramovich and (former chief executive) Peter Kenyon.

"Unfortunately, in the final moments something didn't work out just before finalising, which happens a lot in football. There was an issue with the lawyer.

"It was all agreed, though, and I am 100 per cent sure I would have done well in the Premier League and it would have suited my characteristics."

Carlos also revealed that he could even have ended up in England as a 22-year-old.

"I was still playing in Brazil with Palmeiras when Aston Villa came in for me in 1995 but they couldn't afford the deal," he explained. "After that, I went to Inter."

Carlos, of course, endured a difficult season in Italy but then went on to establish himself as one of the finest left-backs of all time, after joining Madrid in 1997.

He won three Champions Leagues and four Liga titles with the Blancos, while he also lifted the World Cup in 2002 best football tips.



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