Chelsea have reportedly expressed their interest in signing Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos after Thomas Tuchel given ‘green light’ over the deal of Spaniard star.
The 35-year-old, who won 22 major trophies during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, confirmed his exit from Spanish capital club after 16 years at the club.
Ramos, who established himself as one of the most decorated centre-backs in world football, admitted he would not join any Spanish club.
The veterans centre-back has previously been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and reports by French publication Le10Sport claim Tuchel wants to bring him to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Blues boss is said to be the driving force behind their interest in Ramos, who only made 15 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid last season due to injury problems.
‘Ramos doesn’t surprise me. It’s what he has – a big personality. He’s always there, always encouraging players and he never drops his guard. He never gives up.’ Zinédine Zidane, former Real Madrid coach
‘There are defenders with extraordinary technical ability, others have unique defensive qualities – like [Fabio] Cannavaro, brilliant at marking.
‘Others, like [Franco] Baresi, can command a back line while others influence with strong personalities. But factoring everything together to evaluate a defender then Sergio Ramos is the most complete.
‘He’s got a bit of everything: technical ability, strength, personality and leadership.’ Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach
‘He defends well, can play, and manages all facets of the game. He’s a very complete footballer.’ Thiago Silva, Chelsea defender
‘Sergio Ramos is the toughest opponent I’ve come up against. He is very strong, has a lot of experience, and is a very competitive player.’ Luis Suárez, Atlético de Madrid forward
‘You wanted to take on the world. You were just a boy when you arrived and I’m so proud of everything you’ve achieved. You’re forever one of the greatest legends of Real Madrid.’
Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez