July 03, 2010

S. Ramos:"Mourinho will land Gerard and A.Cole"

REAL MADRID star Sergio Ramos insists new Bernabeu boss Jose Mourinho will land Steven Gerrard AND Ashley Cole this summer.

Ramos, 24, who can play at centre-back or full-back, says the pair will follow in the footsteps of fellow Englishmen David Beckham and Michael Owen by joining the Madrid mega-club.

Mourinho, who has just won the Treble with Inter Milan, is a long-time admirer of Liverpool skipper Gerro and signed Cole from Arsenal when he was in charge at Chelsea.

And Ramos said: “We are a club that is always looking to improve by adding the best players in the world.

“We have a proven record of signing English players – with David and Michael – and it would not surprise me at all if our two new arrivals this summer were English. Ashley Cole is a terrific player.

“For me, he is by far the best left-back in the world and, along with Drogba, Chelsea’s best player.

“I am sure Chelsea will do all they can to keep him but he had a difficult year in England.

“A change might be what he is looking for. When a player is the best in his position in the world and doesn’t play for Real Madrid, you have to consider it a waste.

“He has done everything in England for Arsenal and Chelsea. It’s now time for him to come and win La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho.”

And it is the Portuguese boss who Ramos believes will seal the deal.

He added: “Jose will know all about him. He has a history of signing players and trying to sign players from his previous clubs.

“More importantly, players seem to love playing under him.

“I spoke with Cristiano Ronaldo about him – and he told me Cole is the toughest defender he has ever played against.

“That’s quite a compliment coming from the world’s best player and he is exactly the sort of player we want.”

As for Gerrard, Ramos thinks Liverpool’s lack of cash – and failure to win a major trophy in the past four seasons – will prove crucial.

He added: “I think Madrid’s admiration of Steven Gerrard is not a secret.

“He is at the point now where he needs to win things. I can guarantee that under this Real Madrid set-up he will win things. I really think both of them are Real Madrid-bound.”

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