Roberto Carlos: Why My Transfer To Chelsea Collapsed

May 20, 2020
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Real Madrid and Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos has revealed why his move to Chelsea in 2007 collapse at the last minute.

Carlos was a free agent at the time, having departed Madrid after 11 trophy-laden years at the Spanish giants.

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“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.

“Chelsea didn’t work out so I signed for Fenerbahce.

“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.”

The 2002 World Cup winner revealed that he could even have played 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.

Brazil have not been crowned world Cul champions since 2002, but Carlos is optimistic about his country’s latest crop of young players.

“Vinicius Junior and Rodrigo of Real Madrid are the future, along with Flamengo’s Gerson,” he declared. “These are the guys I am most excited about.

“All three are fantastic players and they will be very successful.”

As for his own position, Carlos believes that compatriot Marcelo is now the reference point for all aspiring left-backs.

“I feel like I was an example to follow after what I achieved, just like what Marcelo is doing now in Real Madrid,” he argued. “People will follow Marcelo just as they followed me.”

During his time Madrid, Carlos won three Champions Leagues and four Liga titles with the Blancos.

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