Ligue 1 one of the best in the world, insists Carvalho

The Portuguese defender has stressed that playing at the top level again was what made him choose Monaco over offers from Dubai, and hailed the quality of the French top flight
By Juliet Bawuah & Edmund Okai Gyimah

Former Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho has revealed that he rejected offers from several clubs in Dubai in favour of a move to newly-promoted Ligue 1 outfit Monaco as he feels the French league is one of the best in the world.

The 35-year-old had an expiring contract with Madrid and a number of clubs showed an interest in signing him on a free transfer.

However, he eventually opted to continue his career at Monaco, penning a one-year deal with the ambitious French side, who have already made a number of high-profile signings this summer.

"I had various offers from clubs in Dubai who all wanted to sign me before Monaco approached me," Carvalho told Goal.

"I ignored the offers from Dubai because Monaco are a great club and the French league is one of the best in the world."

Carvalho started his professional career with Porto and also wore the Chelsea jersey before joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2010. He won one Liga title and a Copa del Rey during his three-year spell with the Santiago Bernabeu side.