Roberto Carlos: Ronaldo, David Beckham could join me at Real Madrid
Real Madrid's new spokesperson Roberto Carlos has suggested that fellow former Blancos players Ronaldo and David Beckham could also come back to the Bernabeu in ambassadorial roles.
Ex-Madrid left-back Roberto Carlos rejoined the Spanish club in recent weeks at the behest of president Florentino Perez, with former teammate Zinedine Zidane now the first-team coach at the Bernabeu.
Asked on El Larguero whether other big names from the famous galacticos side of the early-2000s could have a role to play in the current setup, the ex-Brazil international said he felt such figures would be useful to have at the club.
"I believe that Beckham could return and Ronaldo could return," Roberto Carlos said. "What the club needs are people who know the place and have been here a long time."
Roberto Carlos himself said he had been delighted to take a recent call from Perez and Madrid director general Jose Angel Sanchez to return to the Bernabeu.
"When the club called me I thought it was for something normal, but they have given me a big opportunity," he said. "I did not want to be coach, as I cannot yet, but to be an institutional director -- the image of the club in Asia and Oceania.
"I really appreciate this from Florentino and Jose Angel. When I left before I did not want to go."
After leaving Madrid in 2007, Roberto Carlos played for Turkish team Fenerbahce, Brazilian side Corinthians and Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.
He was player-coach at Anzhi for a stint, before managing Turkish clubs Sivasspor and Akhisar, and then Qatari side Al-Arabi, before becoming being player-manager at Delhi Dynamos during the 2015 Indian Super League.
For the last few weeks the 42-year-old has been observing Madrid Castilla coach Ivan Ramis and Juvenil boss Santi Solari, while he prepares to take his final UEFA pro licence.
"I have been five years working as a coach," he said. "I still have to do my pro licence, which takes six months. I was at the Spanish federation talking with them about the course.
"I feel very comfortable at the moment, and am learning a lot with Solari, with Ramis, with the Juvenil."