Chelsea star hails ‘special’ Ancelotti after recent links to Real Madrid

Chelsea midfielder Ramires has spoken highly of Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly keen on adding a new midfielder to his squad this summer, despite the depth currently at his disposal.

Players such as Arturo Vidal, Marco Verratti and Toni Kroos have been linked with a move to the La Liga giants, and Chelsea star Ramires has recently joined that list If reports are to be believed.

According to the Spanish publication Marca, the Madrid coach wants to raid his former club and bring in the Brazilian international this summer, with Sami Khedira possibly making way for his entrance.

Despite being on World Cup duty back in his homeland, the Blues midfielder spoke of the recent links and hailed his former boss Ancelotti as one of the most important coaches of his career to date.

'Ancelotti is a special coach for me, and I really appreciate him. He helped me a lot when I arrived at Chelsea and he was very important in helping me adapt to my position as a central midfielder. He's a very good coach'. He said, quoted by Marca.

Ancelotti was the man who brought Ramires to Chelsea in 2010, buying him from Portuguese champions Benfica for a reported €22 million (£17.5) fee.

The 27-year-old has gone onto represent the Stamford Bridge outfit 196 times in all competitions, helping the club to FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League triumphs.

Ramires' importance in West London and under manager Jose Mourinho is well documented, and with a current contract which doesn’t expire until 2017, it would take an offer of at least €30m (£24m) or a cash-plus-player deal to get Chelsea’s attentions.

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