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Roberto Carlos to leave Madrid

The 33-year-old defender has rejected a plea by Madrid coach Fabio Capello, who brought hin to the club from Inter Milan, to stay.
None | By Associated Press, Madrid
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2006 10:11 PM IST

Roberto Carlos could be leaving Real Madrid after 10 years at the club.

Roberto Carlos, who has 11 months to run on his contract, is said to have accepted an offer of a three-year deal with an annual salary of euro5 million (US$6.4 million) from Turkey's Fenerbahce.

The 33-year-old defender has reportedly rejected a plea by Madrid coach Fabio Capello to stay. Capello brought Roberto Carlos to the club from Inter Milan in 1996 at the start of his previous stint in charge.

Since then, the Brazilian has won three Champions Leagues and three Spanish league titles although he has won nothing for the last three years as Madrid has been mired in its worst spell since the early 1950s.

The defender said in May he had received an offer to join Chelsea although the English champion now appears to have turned its attention to Arsenal left back Ashley Cole.

Roberto Carlos may be the first of several departures from Madrid before the league season starts on August 26. Ronaldo, whose position has been jeopardized by the club's recent signing of Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy, could also leave.

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