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The Portuguese defender believes that the newly promoted principality club will likely finish outside the top two in Ligue 1 in 2013-14 despite their lavish summer spending

AS Monaco defender Ricardo Carvalho has played down his side's chances of mounting a challenge for the Ligue 1 title next season.

Claudio Ranieri's side have stunned the continent with their summer spending to date, splashing out upwards of €120 million (£103.6m) on the likes of Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez.

Ranieri himself acknowledged that the Principality club would struggle to usurp Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the standings in France this season and Carvalho - who also moved to the Stade Louis II this summer - believes that a top-four finish is their most realistic target.

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"We want to be ambitious but we will most likely finish third or fourth," the centre-back told Le Parisien.

"Paris already have a very competitive team in place. Monaco have just begun. There will also be other good teams, but we need to grow as a collective. We will have to try to win our games.

"PSG remain the favourites. I hope to see us finish behind them."

Carvalho went on to express his excitement at being part of the Monaco "adventure" and believes that his experience - along with that of former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal - will be important to the side in the coming campaign.

"This is a new adventure," he continued. "There are several Portuguese in the group and numerous other Spanish speakers. It makes adapting easier. Everything is fine for me.

"Abidal a great player. He holds a lot of experience, like me. He will have his work to do and I have mine."