Brazil's Roberto Carlos set for Spanish citizenship
MADRID (Reuters)(DS) - Real Madrid's Brazilian-born defender Roberto Carlos is set to
take Spanish citizenship, but he wants to continue playing for his national team.
Roberto Carlos said he plans to become a naturalised Spaniard within the next year.
"It will be a great source of pride for me to do so," he was quoted as saying by sports
daily As on Monday.
But he added: "I have never let Brazil down and will always be ready to defend my
Roberto Carlos is currently with the national squad in Brazil, preparing for a World
Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Wednesday.
Last season, he showed signs of knee problems as Real Madrid battled to an eighth
European Cup win.
"My knee has been giving me trouble. The only thing is to give it a complete rest," he
told As. "That's why I won't be playing with the national side at the Olympic Games in
He attributed Real's success last season largely to Vicente del Bosque, who initially
stood in as temporary coach after John Toshack left the club.
"He brought a calming effect to the club," said Roberto Carlos. "I think we can go far
Central to any Real success next season is the continued presence of controversial
French striker Nicolas Anelka, the Brazilian said.
"Please, don't sell Anelka. Nico was fundamental in the final phase of the season,"
Roberto Carlos said.
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