Roberto Carlos almost joined Chelsea, Nani makes curious Manchester United admission and more


The legendary Brazilian said that he almost joined the Blues in 2007, after he held a meeting with key Chelsea men, only for a last-minute breakdown in negotiations to prevent him from moving at Stamford Bridge.

Roberto Carlos, who now works as a football ambassador, enjoyed an illustrious professional career spanning 21 years. Most notably, he achieved his greatest success during an 11-year spell at Real Madrid, winning a host of trophies while establishing himself as one of the greatest-ever left-backs.

He left the Los Blancos in 2007 and headed to Turkey for a brief spell at Fenerbahçe. However, things could have turned out a lot differently as Carlos himself revealed: “Chelsea was interested in signing me. Everything was agreed after a meeting in Paris took place, I said yes. Unfortunately, after na issue with the lawyer in the last minute, things did not work out. It happens in football more often than not,” he explained to Goal.

“It was a real shame but it is what it is. I think that I would have enjoyed playing in the Premier League as it would have been well-suited to my game.”

Carlos almost joined Chelsea
The iconic left-back spent a large chunk of his career at Real Madrid, lifting numerous trophies. Copyright: imago images / ITAR-TASS

Top News 2: 'I thought they disliked me at first!' - Nani received some tough love upon his Old Trafford arrival

Nani received tough love at Manchester United
The tricky Portuguese winger spent 8 years at the Theater of Dreams. Copyright: imago images / VI Images

The Portuguese winger shared an interesting anecdote from his time spent with the Premier League giants, revealing how some of the older heads in the dressing room welcomed a Portuguese youngster trying to make his mark in English football.

Nani, now 33 and showcasing his skills in the MLS with Orlando City, joined Manchester United in 2007 and was tasked with breaking into a United squad boasting names such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and much more.

He eventually made his way into the first-team picture and ended up making 147 Premier League appearances across 8 years while also contributing with 25 goals, before venturing off to new challenges.

It was not all smooth sailing for the then-intimidated youngster, as he openly admitted: “When I arrived, I thought they hated me! They were all experienced guys, Rio, Giggs, Paul, and I quickly understood that they were trying to make me improve and fulfill my potential. We spent a lot of great moments together and it was certainly the strongest team I’ve ever been in.”

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Top News 3: Klopp eager for the Premier League to return

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While some players have immediately spoke out against the Premier League restart, the Liverpool boss is of the opinion that the decisions being taken are correct and will ensure the safety of everyone if properly integrated.

Jürgen Klopp backed the Premier League’s plans for the season restart and says that the prospect of returning to the pitch is one that pleases him greatly, as he warned his squad that they would have to be ready to fight until the end.

England’s top flight is nearing a return to action and clubs are retaining hopes that a scenario like that could happen as soon as June and the Liverpool coach is relishing the prospect already, with his players set to return to training in Wednesday, firstly in small sections.

“I was ecstatic, I can’t really find the words to describe my feelings when I heard that we were close to a return,” Klopp beamed in a statement via Liverpool’s website.

“We have to keep in mind though, it won’t be easy. My boys will have to be ready to fight until the death, we can’t take anything for granted. Everyone thinks it’s easy to win two games, but it’ll be tougher than ever,” he concluded.

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