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Sergio Ramos could quit Real Madrid next summer – and that will put Premier League clubs on red alert.
Reports of a fall-out between Ramos and Bernabeu boss Jose Mourinho appear to be accurate, after the Spain international was dropped in favour of youngster Raphael Varane for the Champions League clash with Manchester City in midweek.
And stories in Spain claim the 26-year-old could now be set to end his seven year stay in the Spanish capital.
“There are differences in the treatment of players in the dressing room. Differences between the Portuguese clan, the players close to Mourinho, and though who are isolated, like Sergio Ramos,” journalist Alfredo Duro said on Spanish TV show Punto Pelota.
“There is no trust between the player and the coach, and vice versa. The solution will come at the end of the season.
“If Mourinho continues [at Madrid], Sergio Ramos will leave Real Madrid. He has a good reputation at PSG, in Russia and England. His value would be around €50m.”
Mourinho is believed to have requested that Ramos trains in isolation as a disciplinary measure.
Meanwhile, a separate report in Barcelona-based paper EMD elaborated that Chelsea, who they claim have previously shown interest in the player, along with Manchester City would both be interested in his signature.
Given Chelsea’s previous interest in Sergio Ramos and the fact that the West London side are perhaps light of real quality in the right back area, should mean that that Roberto Di Matteo’s side may well be leading the race for the Real Madrid defender.
Will Blues owner Roman Abramovich be willing to fork out £40m for the Spanish international though? Well the Russian billionaire appears to have got back to his big spending ways, providing funds for a spending spree this summer that cost him upwards of £80m.
If indeed Ramos has fallen out with Jose Mourinho it could be a hard road back into his good books as the former Chelsea boss is not known for changing his attitude towards a player if the relationship between the two has broken down.
Sergio Ramos is an accomplished defender who would certainly be the subject of a great deal of interest. The 26 year old is now into his eighth season in the Real Madrid first team having joined the club as a teenager from Sevilla in a deal said to have been worth around £18m.
The Andalusia born defender can play equally effectively at centre or right back and has amassed over 300 appearances for Real Madrid and winning three La Liga titles. He could certainly give the likes of John Terry, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill a run for their money in the centre of the Chelsea defence but a defender a £40m price-tag would mean that any side willing to pay the price will be spending the biggest ever sum on a defender.
Ramos also has 95 Spanish national team caps and is a two time European Championship winner and was of course part of Vicente del Bosque’s successful 2010 World Cup winning side.