Chelsea expect defender Ricardo Carvalho to report for pre-season training as scheduled on Monday despite the Portugal international revealing his desire to link-up again with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.
Carvalho told Spanish newspaper AS on Saturday he was desperate to join Madrid and work under Mourinho, who mentored him at Stamford Bridge, and Porto before that. The 32-year-old also claimed he had a clause in his contract which allowed him to leave Chelsea this summer.
Carvalho said: "If there was a possibility to sign for Madrid, I would go there right now swimming or running. Chelsea have a commitment with me to let me go this summer, for reasons which those responsible at the club and I know."
He added: "It would be a dream to be able to play for Madrid, which for me is the best club in the world, and to do so under the orders of the best coach in the history of football. With Mourinho I experienced two marvellous periods at Porto and Chelsea. To have the opportunity to win another Champions League with him at Real Madrid would be something tremendous."
After helping Chelsea to three Barclays Premier League titles and three FA Cups, Carvalho believes his time at Stamford Bridge has come to an end.
He has not played for Chelsea since March after picking up an ankle injury - from which he recovered in time for the World Cup - but insists that despite his advancing years he is in the prime of his career.
"I find myself in the best moment of my career, because physically I am at the top and moreover I have a great experience," continued Carvalho.
"I spent six spectacular years at Chelsea and I had the opportunity to experience a glorious period of this club, but I repeat that to sign for Madrid would be a dream.
"I'm very grateful to Roman Abramovich for signing me and making me part of the Chelsea project for six years. He was a very important person for English football and Chelsea, who became one of the best teams in the world."
Chelsea refused to comment on Carvalho's contract claims but were adamant he would be reporting next week with the rest of the club's World Cup stars. The Blues are unlikely to allow Carvalho to leave with Brazilian defender Alex ruled out for the start of the season.
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