Roberto Carlos admits he nearly joined Chelsea
Legendary Brazilian left-back Roberto Carlos has revealed that he nearly joined Chelsea back in 2007. The ex Inter Milan and Real Madrid full-back left the Spanish giants in 2007 as a free agent and admits that he came close to joining the Blues.
Chelsea had Ashley Cole at the time, so it is likely that Carlos would have been considered back up at that point of his career. The Brazilian, who won the World Cup with the Seleção in 2002, says he met Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic to talk over a potential move.
“I spoke to Roman Abramovich about it,” he told Sky Sports.. “We had a meeting in Paris but it didn’t happen due to a few small factors. I watch the Premier League every weekend. I think it’s fantastic. One thing you notice is that the teams considered small are capable of surprising the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and City.
“There are so many great players in the Premier League and of course the big teams are always the favourites, but the teams below them also play good football. The mixture of foreign and English players works really well.
“I love English football because it’s real football. I love everything that surrounds it. The public, the atmosphere, the preparation. I always speak to Willian from Chelsea before his games – he loves it here.” Carlos eventually joined Fenerbaçhe instead.