Real Madrid Sign Chelsea Defender Ricardo Carvalho In £6.6m Deal

Veteran Stamford Bridge man reunites with former Blues boss for a third time.

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Best known for his perfect positioning, his foresight and his ability to advance the ball out of the first third, Ricardo Alberto Silveira Carvalho (18-05-78 Amarante, Portugal) joins Real Madrid at the age of 32 and with 19 titles to speak of.

Speed, elegance and perfect positioning have earned Ricardo Carvalho leader status on every team he has played for. His career began with Leça prior to signing his professional papers with Porto in 1997. He immediately played on loan for what was his first team and continued gaining experience over the next two seasons with Vitoria de Setubal and Alverca before returning to Porto.

It was during his second stint with the Portuguese powerhouse that he first coincided with Jose Mourinho. Together they won the 2002/03 UEFA Cup and the 2003/04 Champions League. Carvalho packed his bags for Chelsea in 2004 to continue playing for Mourinho and the two went on to earn three Premier League titles among a host of many others.

In recent years the center-back has played an integral role on the Portuguese national team, with whom he reached the final of the 2004 European Championship. Carvalho has 67 caps and has scored four goals for Os Navegadores. (Official Real Madrid Website)

There have been few more consistent performers in the Premier League era than the Portuguese centre back and after six hugely successful years at Stamford Bridge I am sure Chelsea fans would thank him for his efforts. The 32 year old still has a lot to offer and will be of great use to Jose Mourinho as he tries to bolster his back line.

In those six seasons the former Porto man amassed 210 appearances and collected three Premier League titles, three FA Cup winners medals and two League Cup successes. He will be looking to secure his second Champions League winners medal under Mourinho at the Bernabeu, something he never quite managed at the Blues.

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