Spanish full-back Michel Salgado has joined Blackburn on a two-year deal.
Capped 53 times, Salgado had his Real Madrid contract cancelled by mutual consent earlier this month.
During his time at the Bernabeu, the 33-year-old helped the club to two European Cup triumphs and four league titles.
Blackburn are now waiting for international clearance before Salgado can make his debut.
He is heading back to Madrid next week to say goodbye at a match arranged in his honour against Rosenborg on Monday.
Salgado is relishing the challenge that lies ahead after revealing he almost moved to England five years ago.
He told www.rovers.co.uk: "I had a chance to come to Chelsea but I was lucky too because my team was Real Madrid. I love the club, I was there 10 years - it is a lifetime. I am proud of playing for them for so long.
"Now I want to enjoy the next two years, playing in the Premier League. It is one of the best in the world.
"Not only that it is pure football - fantastic games and a fantastic atmosphere. This will be a good experience for me, my wife and children. I have joined a historic club."