Real reject Ramos rumours
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has dismissed reports linking Chelsea with Sergio Ramos.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 08/05/08 3:52pm
Ramon Calderon has insisted that Sergio Ramos is staying at Real Madrid and questioned why any player would want to leave the Bernabeu to go to Chelsea.
Los Merengues' president moved quickly to dismiss reports that his club could be tempted by rumours that the Blues were ready to make a mega bid for the highly-rated defender.
Reports in Spain suggested Chelsea were ready to test Real's resolve to hang onto the Spanish international with a world record bid for a defender.
"There is no reason to worry. His future is with Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos is one of the pillars of our project here and he has his entire career at the club ahead of him," Calderon told Onda Madrid radio station.
"He would only leave if he wanted to, but I have seen nothing to suggest that he does. He is very happy with us. When you are playing for Real Madrid, why would you want to go to another club?"
Looking ahead to the summer, the Madrid supremo assured fans that there would not be major changes and that the only additions will be true professionals that add something extra.
"This squad will not be damaged. A few drops of quality here and there need to be added, but we will not break up what we already have. We want to make the fans even more excited than they already are," continued Calderon.
"We have obtained a strong unity and do not want to spoil that. There will be a few new faces, but those that there are will be good and will be seen by everyone to be adding quality and competition.
"Their behaviour, attitude and family life are key elements. A person that is not orderly off the pitch will not be considered."
Having clinched back-to-back league titles, Calderon has now told coach Bernd Schuster that he must reach the latter stages of the Champions League next season.
"That is the next plan and we must reach the semi-finals at least," he continued, before reflecting on the German's first year in charge, after replacing Fabio Capello last summer.
"There are always ups and downs, but we have won at some important grounds, like San Mames, El Calderon, Camp Nou and Mestalla, as well as Villarreal, and that was not by luck.
"It was difficult for him because he inherited a team that had just won the league and winning it again was his obligation."