Carvalho backs Mourinho’s Chelsea return

Former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has backed departing Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, appearing to confirm that the Special One is heading back to Stamford Bridge in the summer, reports The Sun.

Carvalho had played under Mourinho at Porto before being signed by the Portuguese at Chelsea. Mourinho then signed Carvalho for a third time when he became coach of Real in 2010.

He said: “I am certain that Jose can bring the good times back for them. He did it when we first went there in 2004 and he will do it again in 2013.

“For the last two years Manchester United and City have been at the top of the league in England. But I’m sure Chelsea will improve when Jose goes back there. It’s important for them to win the Premier League again and, with Jose in charge, they will do that.”

Carvalho, who joined big-spending Monaco at the end of May, was told by Mourinho in August that he could leave Real, or he could choose to stay and see out his contractual obligations but was warned this option would “effectively end his career.”

Carvalho did stay until the end of the season, and is now set for pastures new in France’s top flight.

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