Michel Salgado, the Blackburn Rovers fullback, has signed a new one year contract which will keep him at the Lancashire club until the end of the 2011/12 season.
At the age of 35 Salgado has already made 50 appearances for the club following his free transfer from European giants Real Madrid in August 2009. Prior to that point the Spain defender had won 59 caps for the Spanish national side, as well as making over 250 appearances for the Galactico’s in a ten year period.
Salgado has brought some much needed experience to the dressing room at Blackburn, not so much in terms of age and playing experience, but rather that during his time in Spain he was continually challenging for the top honours in the game. In his medal drawer he has a sizable collection of club honours and has won, amongst other things, the Champions League twice and La Liga four times. He has also won the Super Cup in both Europe and Spain, as well as tasting international success when he was part of the Spain squad that won the Under 21 European Championships in 1998.
The only major trophy that eluded him during his time in Spain was the Copa Del Rey, Spain’s equivalent of the FA Cup, which Real have consistently under performed in.
Salgado was signed by former Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce who has a record of signed big name players for smaller clubs. In his time at Bolton he was able to capture the signatures of, amongst others, Jay Jay Okocha, Youri Djorkaejj, Nicolas Anelka, and Salgado’s former Real Madrid team mate and Spain captain Fernando Hierro.
The fact that now manager Steve Kean has convinced Salgado to stay is a boost not only to the club, but also to Kean himself, who will hope that such signings will convince other current players and transfer targets to also put pen to paper.