Moscow, March 10 (IANS) Brazilian veteran football player Roberto Carlos, who now plays in Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala, was dropped from the club’s squad for the Russian Premier League, the club’s vice-president confirmed.
“Roberto Carlos has not been registered as a player,” German Chistyakov was quoted as saying by Xinhua and hinted that the Brazilian left back may now be registered as a coach if he obtains a licence.
“Any person can be registered as a coach if they get the relevant licence. If Roberto Carlos gets one, then he can be registered in that role,” Chistyakov said.
Carlos, who joined the Dagestan-based club in February 2011, had announced previously that he intends to retire at the end of 2012 and join the club’s backroom staff.
The Brazilian is the first high profile player who joined the club after Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov purchased Anzhi in January 2011.
Kerimov invested millions of Euros in bringing famous players like Carlos, Moroccan Mbark Boussoufa, Hungarian Balazs Dzsudzsak and Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o.
After manager Gadzhi Gadzhiyev was fired in last September, Carlos had taken over as player/coach, followed by caretaker Andrei Gordeyev.
Guus Hiddink took over as manager of Anzhi in January.