Chelsea midfielder Ramires has swatted away the reported interest of Real Madrid, hinting he would find it difficult to leave the club that helped him achieve his dream by winning the Champions League.
As reported by Darren Lewis of the Mirror, the gut-busting midfielder is more than satisfied to be a Chelsea player and has categorically stated he won’t exchange London for the Spanish capital.
I won’t swap the Bridge for the Bernabeu.
I see the interest of Real Madrid as recognition of my good work in Europe, but I’m under contract with Chelsea and it would be unethical of me to comment.
For the moment, these are only rumours. I am very happy here. I am respected and part of the club’s history.
Ramires suggests a departure from Stamford Bridge would have to be forced on him by club officials, especially after the team’s 2012 Champions League final victory ranks among his most appreciated achievements:
If I leave, Chelsea would have to make the decision. Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in the world and I have realised my dream here.
Winning the Champions League was one of the greatest moments in my career. I think the only title that can compete with that is the World Cup in Brazil.
Carlo Ancelotti’s alleged interest in the 26-year-old shouldn’t come as a surprise. Ramires is a complete midfielder who often excels through his natural combination of speed and energy, allowing the former Benfica star to fulfil a versatile role in Chelsea's centre or just behind the striker.
The Real Madrid boss has employed a free-flowing, fast-paced game since taking charge of Los Blancos and will certainly look at ways of maintaining this urgency through the acquisition of tidy players who can instil a high tempo as soon as they arrive.
Ramires has made 11 appearances this season, reported by WhoScored.com. He continues to burst forward when given the opportunity to do so and racked up a brace in the Champions League win over Steaua Bucharest, as well as a goal in the Capital One Cup win over Swindon.
Competition for places means the player has been forced to sit out of some matches, but it is unlikely to thrust him toward the Bernabeu. Ancelotti’s squad flaunts similar strength-in-depth, ensuring Ramires would have to fight for his place wherever he resides.
He remains an important player under Jose Mourinho. Ramires is the kind of individual who can shift Chelsea through the gears with a simple run or dribble, and his terrific stamina was a real feature of the team that captured Champions League glory.
There aren't many midfielders in the Premier League who can match the player's all-round game—Tottenham's Paulinho stands out as another—so Mourinho is unlikely to let Ramires leave as he enters the prime of his career.