The chances, no matter how slim, of Premier League pair Manchester City and Chelsea had of luring allegedly disenfranchised defender Sergio Ramos away from Real Madrid and to England were completely dashed today as the Spaniard alerted AS to the fact that the differences he had with his club were not, as had been reported, over contractual negotiations, and that his happiness at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is underlined by the fact he is willing to retire in Madrid.
'I'll repeat, our differences were nothing to do with the contract,' he is quoted to have said. 'I've got three years here and I'm relaxed and I'm not looking to leave. I feel privileged and if I could, I would retire here.
'I'm not going to talk about the differences between us because it's a personal matter, but I can say we have a great relationship. I'll never forget who the president here is and I know he's in charge.'
In the past couple weeks alone, Ramos - valued at €40m by transfermarkt.co.uk - had been linked to Manchester City (by The People) and Chelsea (by The Mirror), with speculation claiming that the player was not happy to have been criticised by manager Carlo Ancelotti.
A World Cup winner with Spain, Ramos, 27, remains one of the most exquisite ball-playing defenders in European football and would have certainly added great quality alongside either Vincent Kompany at the Etihad Stadium or John Terry at Stamford Bridge.
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