Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out selling midfielder Ramires and talented youngster Thibault Courtois this Summer despite continious reports linking them with a move to Spain.
Over the past few months, Ramires has been linked with a move to both Real Madrid and now FC Barcelona, but the midfielder himself has admitted that he pays no attention to rumours and is totally focused on his job for Chelsea and Mourinho.
As for Courtois, the young goalkeeper is currently applying his trade in Spain for the third year in a row with Atletico Madrid, but despite not getting an opportunity with The Blues, they are desperate not to lose him as he is recognised as one of the up-and-coming shot-stoppers.
Talking about his young goalkeeper, Mourinho had this to say: ‘In this moment we are in a good situation,’ he said.
‘I repeat that because we have the best goalkeeper in the world at a stable age.
‘[Edwin] Van der Sar went from Fulham to [Manchester] United older than Petr and stayed there for a long time, so he is in the best age of his career. And Courtois is undoubtedly the best young goalkeeper in the world with two more years of contract. We are in control of the situation.’
‘Anything that can happen in the future depends on Chelsea. It’s a difficult situation for a club that wants to buy him.
‘It’s a difficult situation for a club that wants him on loan. It’s an easy situation for us. What we’d like? He knows, his family knows, his agent knows. They know what we’d like.’
As for Ramires, The Blues boss was in no mood to talk potential transfer fees: ‘No price,’ he repeated twice until pushed further.
‘There is no price for Ramires in the market. The interest doesn’t annoy me but, on behalf of Chelsea, there’s no price for a club wanting to buy Ramires.
‘If it’s true or not, it’s not important. There’s no price.’
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles