Real Madrid close in on Ricardo Carvalho

Ricardo Carvalho is on the verge of a move to Real Madrid, back into the loving bosom of managerial hero Jose Mourinho, who has clearly made it clear that he will be the boss at Madrid. After all, they’ve bought a big-name defender, rather than another hot-shot number 10.

The Spanish giants have agreed a £6.7million fee with Chelsea for the 32-year-old Portugal international, and will be off to the Spanish capital as long as they can meet his wage demands and he passes a medical. Carvalho himself is clearly very excited about the prospect of working with dear Uncle Jose.

‘If there was a possibility to sign with Real Madrid, I would go there right now swimming or running,’ he had said before. ‘It would be a dream to be able to play for Madrid, which I consider to be the best club in the world, and follow the orders of the best coach in the history of football.

‘With Mourinho I experienced two marvellous stages at Porto and Chelsea. To have the opportunity to win another Champions League with him at Real Madrid would be tremendous.’

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