Blues midfielder on the radar of Juventus and Real.
Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Ramires has denied speculation he could be about to quit the Blues in favour of a move to Juventus or Real Madrid.
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Ramires has made just three starts in the Premier League this season, five in all competitions, after a thigh injury has seriously hampered his ability to play from the start.
Chelsea no longer see their £18.2 million as an automatic starter and believe his attracted interest from Juventus and Real Madrid could be used as a makeweight in any ambitious moves for Paul Pogba or Raphael Varane.
Mourinho is keen on both of the young, world class stars and will continue attempts to lure them to Stamford Bridge this summer despite rebuffing a Madrid enquiry for Ramires when asking after Varane last summer.
Ramires himself, however, says he’s only focussed on reclaiming his place in the first XI.
“Juventus and Real Madrid are two of the biggest teams in the world. I’m flattered that my name has been linked to them, but I know nothing of any negotiations. I’m just thinking about Chelsea and doing my job here,” said the Brazilian, reports London Evening Standard.
Ramires’ relative lack of starts this term could be putdown to a serious thigh injury, and with Mourinho confirming he’s now fit; Ramires could still well reclaim his Chelsea role before the summer.