Chelsea midfielder Ramires has said that he doesn’t have any knowledge of any interest in a rumored move to Real Madrid. There has been much speculation that the Brazil international is a target for the Spanish giants. But the 26-year-old, who arrived from Benfica in the summer of 2010, has revealed that he is unaware of any approach from Madrid and is happy to stay at Stamford Bridge.
"Nothing has come to me, I have just heard about this through the press,” he told Brazilian publication Globo Esporte, according to Sky Sports. “My agent hasn't told me anything either. Maybe it is just speculation.
"I am focused on my work, one can't talk about something that he knows nothing about,” he added. “It's good for the ego [to be linked with Madrid], it's a sign that people somewhere like your work. I am very happy to know that, but neither Chelsea nor my agent have told me anything. It would be a lack of respect to say anything if the club didn't talk with me.
"I am under contract until 2017 and I don't want to leave while there isn't anything happening and I am happy in the team. I will only leave if the club want me to. I feel have adapted well."
Ramires was again impressive in Chelsea’s win over Manchester City on Sunday, yet the club still arguably lacks a commanding central midfielder or at last depth in that position. With that in mind, there has again been speculation in recent days linking Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira with a transfer to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
Despite the problems Mourinho had with his squad at the end of his time in Madrid, the Daily Express cites reports that he is determined to land Khedira in January “at any cost.” The Germany international recently spoke of his dissatisfaction with his treatment by the Spanish press. He has been used as a symbol of Madrid’s supposed negative tactics under Carlo Ancelotti.
If there is another area of the squad where Mourinho is likely to be keen to strengthen, it is up front. Concerted attempts were made to bring Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge in the summer, before veteran Samuel Eto’o was recruited on a free transfer from Anzhi Makhachkala. Rooney appears to have since put his troubles at Manchester United behind him as he has enjoyed a fine start to the season.
Yet, the Daily Mail reports that United are not enamored with the prospect of signing Rooney to a new five-year contract that would be worth a purported £70 million. The 28-year-old has just over 18 months remaining on his current deal. Meanwhile, there continues to be speculation concerning Chelsea’s interest, with the Daily Express claiming that the Blues will make a £35 million bid for Rooney in January.
It is hard to imagine such a deal happening in midseason. Beyond the fact that there appears little prospect of United’s stance softening in relation to Rooney joining a major rival, he would also be cup-tied for the Champions League.
There appears to be equally questionable speculation in the Daily Star, where Chelsea are linked with a more for Stephan El Shaarawy. The story claims that the 20-year-old forward is frustrated with his status in the Madrid squad. In reality, the probable cause of any frustration will be the successive injuries that have ruled him out of much of this season to date.
Only this summer, El Shaarawy revealed that he was the subject of interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City, but wanted to remain at Milan. Still, the Star believes that Liverpool have joined Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in the hunt for his services.