Roberto Carlos set for India managerial return?
The arrival of Roberto Carlos to coach Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Delhi Dynamos was a breath of fresh air for football in the country. Not only did he add a high profile quotient to the league, but also turned Delhi’s fortunes around as they qualified for the play-offs. According to sources close to Sportskeeda, Carlos is all set to make a return to India.
The 42-year old is in advanced talks with Mumbai City FC for the third edition of the ISL. A source close to Mumbai City FC said, “We are very close to signing him, but we have also shortlisted two to three other candidates, as we are looking to bring a new dimension to the franchise. Carlos also has other offers, but we are hoping to rope him in before July.”
Mumbai could face competition from European heavyweights Real Madrid, whose manager Zinedine Zidane is apparently interested in Carlos. Speaking to a Spanish publication, Carlos said, “I have had a meeting with club officials, they are yet to tell me whether I am a part of their plans. I am happy that they spoke to me, but I’m at Madrid to train and get better, that’s my goal.”
Mumbai have had a disappointing ISL stint so far. They have failed to reach the knockout stages in both seasons, finishing seventh and sixth respectively. The Ranbir Kapoor owned franchise bolstered a strong squad last season, with the likes of Sunil Chhetri and Nicolas Anelka leading the line. If Carlos does take over he will be replacing Anelka, who was also the franchise’s manager last season.
Our source added, “There are no two ways that we have not matched our fans expectations. The city loves football and it’s our duty to bring them results. The next season will be a different story that is a certainty. We have several plans in mind, it can be implemented.”