Ricardo Carvalho has revealed he has an agreement with Chelsea which will see him leave Stamford Bridge this summer and has issued a come and get me plea to former boss Jose Mourinho.
Carvalho followed Mourinho to Chelsea in 2004, after winning the Champions League with him at Porto. The Portugal defender was repeatedly linked with a move to Inter Milan during Mourinho's two years in charge at the San Siro and is now desperate to be reunited with him at Real Madrid.
"If there was a possibility to sign for Madrid, I would go there right now swimming or running," Carvalho told Spanish sports newspaper AS. "Chelsea have a commitment with me to let me go this summer, for reasons which those responsible at the club and I know."
He added: "It would be a dream to be able to play for Madrid, which for me is the best club in the world, and to do so under the orders of the best coach in the history of football.
"With Mourinho I experienced two marvellous periods at Porto and Chelsea. To have the opportunity to win another Champions League with him at Real Madrid would be something tremendous."
After helping Chelsea to three Barclays Premier League titles and three FA Cups, Carvalho believes his time at Stamford Bridge has come to an end.
The 32-year-old has not played for Chelsea since March after picking up an ankle injury - from which he recovered in time for the World Cup - but insists that despite his advancing years he is in the prime of his career.
"I find myself in the best moment of my career, because physically I am at the top and moreover I have a great experience," continued Carvalho. "I spent six spectacular years at Chelsea and I had the opportunity to experience a glorious period of this club, but I repeat that to sign for Madrid would be a dream.
"I'm very grateful to Roman Abramovich for signing me and making me part of the Chelsea project for six years. He was a very important person for English football and Chelsea, who became one of the best teams in the world."
Reports suggest Chelsea would agree to release Carvalho for a cut-price 6million euros (£5million).