Former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho could be set for a return to London, as Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham consider a move for the experienced Real Madrid player.
The 34-year-old centre back may find his position in the Real Madrid squad increasingly marginalised as the new season approaches, after being completely left out of Jose Mourninho’s pre-season squad that flew out to the United States at the weekend.
Amid this fresh doubt of Carvalho’s Real Madrid future, Villas-Boas may look to take advantage of this situation and move for the 34-year-old in order to add some experience to his defensive backline, The Daily Mail report.
Ledley King’s retirement from professional football to take up an ambassadorial role at Spurs has created a void of defensive experience in the squad, and William Gallas’ likely departure from the club could encourage Andre Villas-Boas to enlist the services of a wily veteran. The north London club currently have Steven Caulker, new arrival Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson occupying central defence roles in the squad.
The Mail also report that the reigning La Liga champions had previously sought to include Carvalho as part of the deal to bring Luka Modric to the Bernabéu, an offer knocked back by the north Londoners as they seek to hold out for their full £40 million valuation of the Croatian.