Carvalho tempted by Mourinho factor

Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho admits he would “love” to play under former coach Jose Mourinho again, and revealed he would be discussing his Stamford Bridge future with chief executive Peter Kenyon after Euro 2008.

The Portugal centre-back has been linked with a move to Inter Milan, where Mourinho – who coached Carvalho at Porto and Chelsea – has just been appointed as boss.

The 30-year-old is one of many players expected to be tempted to join Mourinho, and he admits a tough decision lies in wait for him at the end of the tournament.

“I have heard a few comments (about a move to Inter),” he said.

“It’s a club matter and I am focused on playing for the national team so we will see after.

“But I would love to be coached by Mourinho again. The majority of the trophies I have won were won with Mourinho.

“At Chelsea, there is a new cycle happening so we will see what happens. I have a contract with Chelsea.

“But you never know – sometimes a challenge is good for a player. I will speak with Peter Kenyon after the tournament.”

Cristiano Ronaldo, Carvalho’s Portugal team-mate, has also been linked with a move away from Premier League, with Real Madrid admitting they would be interested in signing the Manchester United winger.

Carvalho believes only Ronaldo himself can decide whether his future lies away from Old Trafford.

“He has to make his decision,” he added.

“Sometimes a new challenge is good but he has to make that decision. I can’t say much about this.”

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