Barcelona will look to shore up their midfield for next season and have identified Ramires as a potential transfer target.
The Brazilian can operate in a number of different positions and is effective both defensively and offensively which is why he’s drawing so much attention from the likes of Barcelona as well as Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid.
Of course the 26-year-old recently quashed rumours of him leaving Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid and committed his future to the Blues when he told reporters:
“I won’t swap the Bridge for the Bernebeu.”
“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.
“For the moment, these are only rumours. I am very happy here. 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.
“The Premier League is one of the toughest competitions in the world. I can only say that we have the means to win. Our team is strong and we can win it all this season.
“Winning the Champions League was one of the greatest moments in my career. I think the only title that can compete with that is the World Cup in Brazil.”
For the sort of football they play and philosophy they have at the club any player would be tempted to play for Barcelona at the Camp Nou and believe they have more pull than Real Madrid at the moment but I’m still not worried about Ramires’ defecting as I believe what he says and he’s been a top performer for Chelsea this season and is currently commanding a starting berth in the team, so there’s no real reason for him to look elsewhere at the moment.
So this rumour, like any, has to be taken with a pinch of salt but it must be flattering for Ramires to be linked with two of the world’s biggest clubs and says a lot about the quality Jose Mourinho currently possesses within his ranks at the West London club. He’s come a long way since he signed in 2010 and still has many more years in the game and to improve on his existing qualities.
I don’t think he’s going anywhere but at least the Barcelona fans got to witness him doing this at the Camp Nou…