Real Madrid star confirms Premier League rejection - who wanted him?

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has confirmed that he has recently turned down an offer from a Premier League club.

The Spanish international, 27, moved to the Santiago Bernabeu from Sevilla in 2005 and has established himself as one of the top defenders in world football having featured heavily at both right back and centre back during his time in Madrid.

Those performances haven't gone unnoticed, and Ramos, who will look to win a fourth successive major tournament with Vicente del Bosque's Spain at the World Cup this summer, has admitted that he shunned the advances of a Premier League team in recent months.

"Out of respect to the club I will only say that they are English," he told Marca. "The offers are very, very big in economical terms, but we are at the club we want to be at. The best in the world. So, more than once, I had to say “Thanks very much for your interest, but no”. I reiterate, right now, leaving Real Madrid is a non-starter."

Ramos resisted the temptation to name the club in question, but his admission that the bid was 'very, very big in economical terms' does somewhat narrow the choices down.

Chelsea would be one of two sides seemingly able to afford the money that Madrid would want for Ramos, and to offer a tempting contract. With questions over the futures of John Terry and David Luiz in the heart of the Blues defence, the signing or Ramos would be a huge addition to the Blues squad, and there was speculation in the summer that Ramos had turned down an approach to reunite with his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

The other team that could feasibly sign Ramos is Manchester City - managed by another ex-Real boss in Manuel Pellegrini, who also coached Ramos. Pellegrini is currently searching for a true partner for Vincent Kompany in the heart of his defence after below-par displays from the likes of Martin Demichelis, Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott, and pairing Ramos with Kompany would make their defence one of the sternest in the Premier League.

Ramos didn't rule out a future move to the Premier League, and if the choice came down to Chelsea or Manchester City, who do you think he should choose?

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