€50m Spanish star shuns Premier League chance

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Spanish international defender Sergio Ramos has played down talk of a rift with manager Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, and insists he has no intention of leaving the club.

The versatile 26-year-old was dropped for last week's Champions League clash against Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu, leading to speculation that the player could be available in the January transfer window.

However, Ramos has moved quickly to dismiss claims that a €50million Premier League switch could be on the cards, insisting he's more than happy with life at Los Blancos, the club he joined as a boy.

"I do not know if it was a punishment or not, or whether there were technical issues," Ramos told the Spanish media.

"It is not for me to say, all I can say on the issue, from my point of view, is that things involving the team stay behind closed doors. Real Madrid runs through my veins."

The 95-cap international has won two European Cups and a World Cup during his time with La Roja, as well as La Liga and Copa del Rey honours with Madrid. However, a Champions League winners medal still eludes him.

Spanish journalist Alfredo Duro had claimed that 'the special one' would be willing to consider a big-money offer for the player last week, with Manchester City and Chelsea reported to be the most likely English destinations.

However, a move to join Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium or Roberto Di Matteo at Stamford Bridge appears to be dead in the water.

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