Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Carvalho completes Madrid move

Ricardo Carvalho

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Portugal centre-back Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea.

The 32-year-old moves to the Bernabeu for a reported fee of £6.7million and will be re-united with Jose Mourinho, who has managed his compatriot during spells at Chelsea and Porto.

Carvalho passed a medical on Thursday morning and was then presented to the Spanish media after signing a two-year contract.

He said: "I've wanted to come here for a long time. Mourinho is a winning manager and I have come to a winning club."

Carvalho becomes the fifth summer signing at the Spanish club with Sami Khedira, Pedro Leon, Angel di Maria and Sergio Canales all linking up with Mourinho as he looks to wrestle the Spanish title from bitter rivals Barcelona in his first season in charge.

Carvalho will compete with Pepe, Raul Albiol and Sergio Ramos for a place at the heart of Los Blancos defence.

Carvalho played over 100 times for Chelsea during a six-year spell which saw him win three Barclays Premier League winners' medals.

The former Porto man feels he will have no trouble adapting his game to the Spanish league.

"The speed of the game is different here to England, where the game is quicker," he said.

"I think it was harder for me to adapt to English football than it will for me to adapt to the Spanish game because it is so similar to the Portuguese league."

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