Real Madrid target Ramires plays down rumours of Chelsea exit

Chelsea midfielder Ramires has played down rumours of a possible transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid, stating his happiness at Stamford Bridge, writes Sky Sports.

The 26-year-old is currently under contract with the Blues and stated the only way he would move would be due to Chelsea’s desire to sell. Ramires has become a key figure for Jose Mourinho’s side and has stacked up over 150 appearances at Stamford Bridge since joining in 2010.

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,” Ramires said.

For the moment, these are only rumours. I am very happy here,” the Brazil international continued. “I am respected and part of the club’s history. 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.

Ramires has made 17 appearances for Chelsea this season, with three goals and three assists. He joined the Blues from Benfica.

Since arriving in London, Ramires has won the FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year.

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