The news that Ricardo Carvalho was departing Chelsea didn’t come as a surprise yesterday. I mean, he barely had the shirt on his back all last season, came out with his insulting statements about his desire for a move and then got dropped for the Community Shield despite Alex’s injury, so it didn’t take a genius to work out he wouldn’t play for us again.
What did surprise me though if I’m honest, is that he really did get a deal with Real Madrid and it was for £6.7million. We actually did alright out of that I reckon. Ok, so technically we’re a defender light now but let’s be honest, Carvalho had made his mind up he wanted to leave a year ago and we didn’t grant the move then, since then, he spent more of the last season off the pitch than on and it and when he did get a game, he was a shadow of his former.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking him, for most of his time at Chelsea he’s been our best central defender and like any other supporter, I respect that. I guess I’m just surprised that given his age and his form over the past season, Real Madrid were the club bringing him in and giving us that sort of money as well.
So, has Mourinho brought him in because he can’t see past the younger, fitter Carvalho he used to manage or was it a shrewd buy that will suddenly see a revival in John Terry’s former defensive partner?