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Ramires provides a lesson in how to respond to transfer rumors

There are good answers and bad answers. You can deflect or ignore. Or you can respond like Ramires: perfectly.

Jamie McDonald

These quotes are a couple days old now, which makes them ancient news on the Internet. I did see the headlines when they were fresh but did not actually read what Ramires had to say. I should have, for what he's saying is quite magnificent.

The (unfounded) rumors linking him to Real Madrid (and a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti) aren't all that shocking; I'm pretty sure we've seen them before. They are, of course, nonsense.

After playing a key role in Chelsea's Champions League and Europa League-winning campaigns despite rarely playing in what should still be his best position (box-to-box in a midfield three), Ramires is quite possibly the first name on Jose Mourinho's team sheets nowadays as well. Oh, how far he has come from his frail initial days at Chelsea, when people were questioning the wisdom of purchasing one of the breakout stars of World Cup 2010!

"I see the interest of Real Madrid as recognition of my good work in Europe, but I'm under contract with Chelsea and it would be unethical of me to comment.

For the moment, these are only rumours. I am very happy here. I am respected and part of the club's history.

If I leave, Chelsea would have to make the decision. Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in the world and I have realised my dream here.

The Premier League is one of the toughest competitions in the world. I can only say that we have the means to win. Our team is strong and we can win it all this season."

-Ramires; source: Mirror

That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you respond to transfer speculation. Slow clap to you, Mr. Blue Kenyan.

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