Roberto Carlos has spoken in Istanbul of his pride at signing for Turkish champions Fenerbahçe SK after finalising his free transfer move from Real Madrid CF today.
The 34-year-old left-back left Madrid on a high after helping them to the Spanish championship with a 3-1 home win against RCD Mallorca on Sunday night. He passed a medical this morning before a signing ceremony at the Sükrü Saraçoglu Stadium. He has put pen to paper on a two-year contract, with the option of a 12-month extension, at the club who will enter the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League in August's third qualifying round.
Thousands of Fenerbahçe fans turned out to see the new recruit, who spent eleven campaigns with Madrid - collecting four Primera División titles, three Spanish Cups and three UEFA Champions League crowns. A 2002 FIFA World Cup winner, Roberto Carlos claimed 125 Brazil caps but he is focused on his Turkish challenge. "I am really proud to wear this shirt. My dream is to win the UEFA Champions League in this shirt."
Looking back on his time in Spain, Roberto Carlos said Madrid are moving in a new direction having also parted with England midfielder David Beckham. "Real Madrid are getting rid of a lot of players with experience and are going to end up with young ones," he said, adding that he respects the club's policy. "The important thing now is that Beckham in the United States and me at Fenerbahce, can both continue playing in big matches. I will end my career here."
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