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1st May, 2017 | 5:23pm

World Cup winner reveals discussions with Aston Villa

By Dominic Toner

Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos has revealed that he met with Aston Villa ahead of a proposed move during his playing career.

The 44-year-old was a footballing icon during the 1990s and 2000s, establishing himself as one of the best left-backs in the world.

He is most recognised for his time at Real Madrid during his club career, while also proving himself on the international stage by winning the World Cup in 2002 with Brazil.

Carlos has explained that he was close to moving to Villa Park as a player and said that their Midlands rivals Birmingham were also interested.

“I actually came close to joining Aston Villa early in my career,” Carlos told the Sun. “I met with the club, but nothing happened.

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“Birmingham were also interested, but it didn’t go anywhere and I later joined Inter Milan.”

Carlos completed a move to Italian giants Inter Milan over Villa and that led to his successful spell at Madrid.

The defender never experienced English football during his career and the Premier League would have been extremely fortunate to experience his talents.

He is remembered as an extremely attack-minded defender and would constantly push forward on the left flank.

Carlos was additionally a fantastic set-piece taker and scored a number of powerful free-kicks, including a memorable curved strike against France in 1997.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, they are in a eight-club chase for a defender.

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