Roberto Carlos has revealed that he was very close to joining Chelsea towards the tail end of his career. Back in 2007, the Brazilian full-back left Real Madrid after his contract expired and Chelsea were keen to sign him on a free transfer. Yet, the transfer did not take place due to some finalising issues, according to the Brazilian legend.
Carlos is one of the celebrated fullbacks in world football and he transformed the image of a fullback with his rampaging runs and an eye for goal.
He has revealed that a meeting with Roman Abramovich and then-chief executive Peter Kenyon took place in Paris. Despite agreeing a deal, Chelsea were unable to complete the transfer. According to Goal.com, Carlos said:
“I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea. 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.
“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.”
The story does raise a few eyebrows particularly due to the situation with Ashley Cole, who had been signed in the summer of 2006. Cole is regarded as one of the best left backs of his generation. Even though Chelsea were building a star-studded squad back then, it would have been still remarkable to see Cole and Carlos in the same squad.
As it stands, Roberto Carlos went to Turkish outfit Fenerbahce, where he spent just two years before returning to Brazil in 2009.
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