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Sergio Ramos is not for sale.
Those are the paraphrased words spoken by Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, in light of the continued interest from other leagues and other clubs in his star defender, valued at £35m on transfermarkt.co.uk.
Chelsea have long been linked with a move for Ramos so that the Spain international, a verstaile player who can fill the right back berth and centre back position, can be reunited with Jose Mourinho, this time at Stamford Bridge.
That speculation continued this afternoon as The Express have noted Ancelotti's words but believe there is still substance in the player's mid-season exit but, if he were to leave the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, then his destination would not be guaranteed to be West London, as Paris Saint Germain are also believed to be interested.
At current club-level, playmaking Spaniard Juan Mata has stated that there is no time for the Blues to feel down over their recent results as the fixtures are coming thick and fast.
He blogged: 'We are already focusing on trying to beat Steaua at the Bridge in the Champions League. We want to close the group stage with a victory in front of our crowd. That would allow us to qualify first. Then, again at the Bridge, back to the Premiership against Crystal Palace. Another key game to stay at the top ahead of the busy Christmas agenda.'
One man who has been focused on the poor form is manager Jose Mourinho who has claimed that there is a remedy - hard work.
He is quoted by the club's official website to have said: 'There is no other way than working hard. There is fantastic evolution in the three players who are playing behind the striker, all of them. They produce, they work amazingly well for the team, they create chances and they score goals.
'There is a big evolution in this, that is why the team is playing so well, but we need more than that.
'If we arrived at half-time at Stoke leading 3-0 or 4-0, everyone would say we played fantastically well the same way we did against Sunderland, but at Sunderland we let the opponent come into the game and we did this even worse against Stoke.
'Playing well is not enough. We have to score more goals and we have to stop the individual mistakes at the back because mistakes cost us goals and points.'
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