Roberto Carlos Names The Premier League Club He Almost Joined In 2007
I once had a dream that the Real Madrid 'Galacticos' of 04/05 graced Premier League soil. Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Raul and Ronaldo ripped it up in the top flight of English football as Roberto Carlos banged in 30 yard free-kicks on a regular basis.
I woke up that morning disappointed, but it turns out one of these player had the opportunity to join a Premier League side - and almost took it.
Former Real Madrid left-back Roberto Carlos has revealed that he spoke with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich over a deal in 2007, but despite holding talks in Paris, it never happened because of "a few small factors."
Carlos spoke of the Premier League in an interview with Sky Sports earlier this week:
"I spoke to Roman Abramovich about it. 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."
After his 11 year stay at Real Madrid, Carlos eventually decided to join Turkish side Fenerbache on a two year deal.
Carlos then went onto reveal that he speaks to Chelsea midfielder Willian before games:
"I love English football because it's real football," the 43-year-old added. "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."
He may not have been in the prime of his career back in 2007, but it would have been incredible to witness Roberto Carlos playing his football in the Premier League.
What could have been...