Ramires Reacts to Reports of Barcelona and Real Madrid Transfer Interest

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Ramires of Chelsea (R) clashes with Peter Whittingham of Cardiff during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Chelsea midfielder Ramires says he is yet to receive any concrete interest from Barcelona or Real Madrid, confirming news of his potential transfer only travels to him through the press.

The energetic Brazilian—who recently took part in friendly wins over Honduras and Chile—is not intent on having his head turned by either of the La Liga giants, as reported by Lancenet and via Sky Sports:

Many people are asking about the supposed interest from other clubs in my football but I don't know anything, apart from what was reported in press.

I am under contract with Chelsea and my attention resides solely in keeping on doing the good job done at the club.

Speculation surrounding Ramires' future has continued to rage across recent weeks. Real Madrid were the first club to be linked with the player's signature in October, per the Daily Star's Jack Wilson.

While Carlo Ancelotti may fancy reuniting with the midfielder, who performed admirably during his time at Stamford Bridge, Barcelona's reported interest could force Ramires into a career-defining decision.

As reported by John Cross of the Mirror, La Blaugrana's Brazilian ranks are strong. The likes of Neymar, Dani Alves and Adriano already reside at the Camp Nou, a stadium Ramires scored in during Chelsea's run to Champions League glory in 2011-12.

The 26-year-old has made 14 appearances in all competitions this season. He has scored two goals in Europe, reported by WhoScored.com, and continues to link the line between Chelsea's midfield and attack.

Ramires' agility and turn of pace aids his defensive contribution. He is more than capable of snuffing out a dangerous attack before launching one of his own and possesses well-rounded attributes that outline him as a complete midfielder.

He could significantly aid both Madrid and Barcelona's bid for silverware. Ancelotti's team are playing extremely fast-paced, attacking football right now and may be attracted to Ramires after Sami Khedira's torn cruciate ligament, which sees him ruled out for the foreseeable future, per Ben Jefferson of the Express.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Youssof Mulumbu of West Brom wins the ball ahead of Chelsea's Ramires during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 09, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ch
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Gerardo Martino's Barca currently lead Madrid in La Liga and may be looking to strengthen a midfield that flaunts the ageing legs of Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Ramires has a key role to play for Jose Mourinho's team this season and appears to be focused on reclaiming Premier League glory for the Blues.

His attitude is commendable heading into the 2014 World Cup, a tournament the former Benfica star will wish to remember on home soil.