Ricardo Carvalho is one of the most experienced defenders currently being touted around in the press as available. He is out of favour at Real Madrid and press reports from Portugal are suggesting that a deal will be agreed for him to sign for QPR in January but it is a move that could end him.
QPR are sitting rock bottom of the Premier League and although Harry Redknapp has secured draws in his first two games as manager, they still have one of the worst defensive records in the division with 27 goals conceded both home and away.
In theory it seems like a great move for all sides concerned; QPR get a defender with Premier League knowledge and ability and Carvalho gets the chance to prove himself and return to Real Madrid to stake a more legitimate claim for a place in the first team on a regular basis.
However, it could turn out to be a terrible decision by the Portuguese centre back. The 34-year-old will see his current deal at Real Madrid expire next summer which means this move would effectively be a shopping window for him before the summer transfer window.
IF QPR continue to struggle next year, with Carvalho in the team, then he could effectively putting nails into his own coffin because no one is going to sign him having seen him spend half a season at a relegated side. This would leave him with very few options which could force him into retirement based on their quality.
It could of course work the other way round. If he signs for QPR in a loan deal, plays regularly and plays well then some bigger sides around Europe could jump at the chance to sign him for the last few years of his career as he will have proven that he can still do an effective job for a top level team.
There are also reports out there suggesting that Carvalho could choose a move to Qatari side Al-Saad as they could offer him a far superior financial package than QPR despite the investors behind the London based club.
As things stand he is in Madrid fighting for a place in the first team. Jose Mourinho has made it clear this is unlikely to happen any time soon which means Carvalho needs to start weighing up his options and preferably choose the one that isn’t going to end his career in the next six months - and not disappoint fans of his former club Chelsea.
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