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Sergio Ramos relaxed over Real Madrid future

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Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has ruled out the possibility of making a move away from the club in the final days before the closing of the January transfer window.

The 124-cap Spain international has emerged on the radar of both Chelsea and Manchester United this month after contract talks stalled at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the Express, and there is no sign of an agreement being reached at this stage.

No panic

However, he still has two years left on his contract in the Spanish capital, and is clearly not panicking over his future under Carlo Ancelotti.

The 28-year-old, who is on track to become the most capped international in his nation's history, instead stated that he can't see himself playing for another club following the 4-1 win over Real Sociedad.

"I'm more relaxed than ever. I can't see myself playing in any other shirt," he told Gol TV after a victory in which he scored the decisive second goal for Los Blancos.

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Transfer blow

The comment will come as a significant blow to the two interested parties, as they weigh up their options ahead of a potentially pivotal transfer deadline day in the Premier League.

Manchester United find themselves back among the elite of English football this season under Louis van Gaal, but have had difficulties in defence throughout the campaign - largely because of injuries.

The Dutchman has alternated formations, playing three centre backs or a traditional 4-4-2 on occasion at Old Trafford. Youngsters such as Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett have subsequently been given their chance in the Red Devils line-up.

Ramos would have offered experience and an ability to play either at the heart of the Manchester United or at right-back, but Van Gaal will need to look elsewhere if he was considering a bid.

Mourinho's options

Chelsea, meanwhile, have endured far fewer problems at the back this season and current sit top of the domestic table following their 1-1 draw against Manchester City yesterday (Saturday).

The emergence of Kurt Zouma at centre back will have been particularly pleasing for Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who has seen English pair John Terry and Gary Cahill struggle on occasion - most notably in the defeat to Spurs.

One injury could leave Chelsea a little light in the position though, and Mourinho knows all about Ramos from his time at Real Madrid. However, a deal now looks almost impossible for any interested party.

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