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Ramires going nowhere, Mourinho tells Madrid

ESPN staff
June 15, 2014
Ramires joined Chelsea in 2010 and was signed by Carlo Ancelotti © PA Photos

Jose Mourinho has warned Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti that Chelsea attacker Ramires is not for sale.

Ancelotti is a keen admirer of Ramires, having signed the Brazilian from Benfica while manager of Chelsea in 2010. Mourinho is busy rebuilding his squad for the new season and, despite bringing Cesc Fabregas to Stamford Bridge for a reported £30 million, stated Ramires will not be leaving.

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"Ramires is staying at Chelsea. He's not for sale," Mourinho told Marca. "I have an excellent friendship with important people within Real Madrid and they know that Ramires is going to stay at Chelsea.

"Cesc is a great player who adds a new dimension to our side. He is different to Matic, Ramires and Oscar. We will have a very complete midfield with him."

Mourinho moved to stave off wandering eyes from the Bernabeu after Ramires sung Ancelotti's praises following Brazil's World Cup opening victory against Croatia.

"Ancelotti is a special coach for me, and I really appreciate him," Ramires told the Spanish newspaper. "He helped me a lot when I arrived at Chelsea and he was very important in helping me adapt to my position as a central midfielder. He's a very good coach."

The 27-year-old clearly favoured playing under Ancelotti but Mourinho seems intent in doing everything he can to keep Ramires in west London.

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