Ricardo Carvalho joins the Principality side on a one-year deal.
Ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid centre-back Ricardo Carvalho has signed for super-rich Ligue 1 side AS Monaco on a free transfer.
The 35-year-old has agreed to a one-year deal with the club with the option of extending that by a further year should both parties wish to.
Although Carvalho is in the twilight years of his career the Portuguese defender brings a wealth of experience with him, after winning the league title in Portugal and England three times and once in Spain, as well as picking up UEFA Cup and Champions League medals during his time at FC Porto.
“I’m very happy to join AS Monaco FC and to be part of the new adventure,” the retired Portgual international said on the club website.
“This is a new challenge for me.”
Carvalho has spent the last three years at Madrid after becoming one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings when he joined the club in 2010.
In fact the defender has spent much of his career playing under Mourinho, being a key member of the squad where the 50-year-old made his name at Porto, before following the ‘Special One’ to Stamford Bridge for £20m in 2004.
The emergence of teenage sensation Raphael Varane at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2012/13 meant that Carvalho’s opportunities were limited and the Portuguese made just 15 appearances all season.
The former Blues man joins fellow Monaco newbies Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez at the Stade Louis II, who signed for Les Rouges et Blanc for a combined fee of £60m last Friday.