Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that Chelsea could be tempted to sell Ramires, claiming the midfielder is effectively priceless as far as the club is concerned.
The 26-year-old Brazilian, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Benfica in 2010, has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona this season. However, Mourinho says Ramires is not for sale, regardless of the level of interest from the Liga pair.
"No price," Mourinho said at a press conference when questioned on the availability of the Selecao midfielder. "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."
Mourinho also hinted that Thibaut Courtois, the Blues goalkeeper on loan at Atletico Madrid, will also not be sold, despite a potentially long wait for Petr Cech to give up the No. 1 spot at Stamford Bridge.
"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."
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