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Ramires flattered by Real Madrid interest

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Chelsea midfielder Ramires admits he is flattered by reports linking him with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid - but insists he would only leave Stamford Bridge if the Blues decided to sell him.

The 26-year-old, who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Benfica in 2010, told the London Evening Standard that he regards Real Madrid's reported interest as an indication that he is currently performing well in the Premier League.

“I see the interest of Real Madrid as a recognition of my good work in Europe, but I'm under contract with Chelsea and it would be unethical for me to comment (on their interest). For the moment, these are only rumours," the Brazil international commented.

“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 is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I have realised my dream here."

Ramires went on to praise his current manager Jose Mourinho, adding that he has improved as a player since the Portuguese coach returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

“Mourinho is a very decent coach," the energetic midfielder continued. "He is doing an excellent job. He manages to motivate his players and offers a chance to everyone. I have evolved since his arrival. I hope to continue to help and doing what he expects of me.”

Ramires, who has scored 26 goals for the Blues, has been a key member of the Chelsea squad since completing his €22m transfer from Benfica.

He has won three trophies at Stamford Bridge, including the 2012 Champions League, which Ramires cites as the best moment of his career to date.

“The Premier League is one of the toughest competitions in the world, but we have the means to win," he added.

“Our team is very strong and we can win it all this season. Winning the Champions League (with Chelsea in 2012) was one of the greatest moments of my career. I think the only title that can compete with that is the World Cup in Brazil.”

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