Chelsea star cools Real Madrid transfer talk

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Chelsea midfielder Ramires has sought to calm speculation linking him with a potential switch to Real Madrid and has insisted that he is not thinking about leaving the club.

26-year-old Ramires joined the Blues from Portuguese outfit Benfica in August 2010 and has established himself as an integral presence in the heart of midfield at Stamford Bridge.

His consistent performances for the Premier League title hopefuls have seen him become the subject of rather intense transfer speculation of late, with La Liga giants Real Madrid reportedly keen to lure him to the Spanish capital.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Real were plotting a swoop worth £15 million for the Brazilian international prior to the January transfer window.

However, despite these evidently flattering links, Ramires - who has won 38 senior international caps for Selecao - is keen to stress that he is not thinking about leaving Chelsea.

"For me it has not come to anything - it is perhaps speculation," he told Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.

"I am better served in Chelsea. It would be disrespectful to say something if the club did not come to talk to me.

"I have a contract until 2017 and do not think about leaving. I will only exit if the club really want me to. Other than that, I'm fine," he added.

Ramires featured alongside England stalwart in midfield on Sunday afternoon as Jose Mourinho's men claimed an early scalp in the race for the title with a 2-1 win over Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

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