Chelsea willing to listen to offers for Ramires…
Jose Mourinho will allow Chelsea midfielder Ramires to leave the club in the January transfer window, if a suitable replacement can be found.
Reports on Goal.com explain that Real Madrid are understood to be among the list of interested clubs, while Mourinho has told Stamford Bridge chiefs that he would be prepared for the Brazilian to leave.
The 27-year-old has been struggling with both injury and poor form so far this season, making just three starts in all competitions, with Mourinho preferring Premier League ever-presents Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas.
His contract expires in 2017 and, if he does not extend next year, Chelsea would regard it as a good time to cash in on the midfielder, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Benfica in a £20m deal in January 2010.
Since returning to Stamford Bridge last season for his second spell at the helm, Mourinho has been ruthless in discarding high-profile players whom he does not regard as automatic starters. with Juan Mata, David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku are among the big names sold on for considerable profit.
However, when speaking about Ramires last week, Mourinho said that he was pleased to have the Brazilian available again: “Ramires is very important to us,” the manager observed. “He is good tactically and can play in multiple positions with the same intensity.
“He’s a dangerous guy when attacking and has a good defensive transition. He has a fantastic engine when pressing and that is important to us. The balance between the technical players like Ramires and the athletes is important.”
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