Roberto Carlos opens up on coming very close to joining Chelsea in 2007. The deal fell through at the final hurdle and he joined Fenerbahce.
Roberto Carlos has opened up on coming ‘very close’ to joining Chelsea in 2007 before the deal fell through in the last moment.
The legendary full back spent 11 years at Real Madrid, winning 13 trophies in his 527 appearances for Los Blancos and the Brazilian had many admirers upon his departure from the club in 2007.
At 34, Carlos still had a good few seasons left in him, and the defender has revealed that he was on the verge of joining Jose Mourinho’s at Stamford Bridge before the deal collapsed.
‘I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea. Chelsea didn’t work out so I signed for Fenerbahce,’ Carlos told Goal. ‘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 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.’
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