Chelsea rejected a deadline day bid from Real Madrid for Ramires, as Jose Mourinho was adamant no more players were leaving the Premier League giants this summer.
According to Spanish publication El Confidencial, Carlo Ancelotti tried twice in the summer transfer window to land the £25million-rated Blues midfielder, whom he had taken to Stamford Bridge in 2010 while in charge.
Rejection was swift
Chelsea knocked back an approach from the Santiago Bernabeu club early in the summer and were ‘pressured’, says the report, in the closing hours of the window on Monday evening.
It came to nothing as Mourinho was standing firm with the assertion that his squad was at optimum side and he was happy with the personnel he had at his disposal.
Most of the Blues business was done early in the transfer window, with the purchases of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas looking particularly good in the Premier League’s early stages.
One late move was that of Fernando Torres’ departure to AC Milan on a two-year loan deal, but Chelsea moved quickly and replaced him with QPR forward Loic Remy to replenish the attacking ranks.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid may have been on the lookout for greater midfield presence after the surprising late transfer that took influential midfielder Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich.
The former Liverpool star was key to the balance Ancelotti’s side and will be a huge loss. Another problem is that the player signed for a fee in excess of £30million last summer to be Alonso’s successor, Asier Illarramendi, has failed to progress sufficiently in the role.