Chelsea are among the clubs interested in signing Sergio Ramos, who has been labelled as ‘one of the best defenders in football’s history’ by former Blue Eden Hazard.
Eden Hazard has hailed Sergio Ramos as “one of the best defenders in history” as Chelsea continue to be among the potential suitors for the Spanish defender.
The 35-year-old defender recently announced his departure from Real Madrid having failed to agree a new contract with Los Blancos after 16 years at the club.
Ramos became a ‘Galatico’ in 2005 at the age of 19 after leaving Sevilla in a deal worth £24 million and went to become one of the most decorated footballers, winning four Champions Leagues and a World Cup among many more.
Former Chelsea star Hazard, made the switch from Stamford Bridge to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2019 for £103.5 million, despite the Belgian having just one year left on his contract.
The Belgium captain joined forces with Ramos and spent two years together under the guidance of Zinedine Zidane and went on to win La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup.
Hazard spoke first-hand about the former Real Madrid captain while on international duty with Belgium, amid Chelsea’s maiden offer in an attempt to attract the Spaniard to West London.
The former Chelsea number ten claimed that Ramos has a lot left to give, despite his age, before admitting his desire to play alongside him again one day.
Hazard said: “I wish him the best. We were together for two years. He is a leader.
“He is one of the best defenders in football’s history,” the 30-year-old winger continued, in-awe of his former teammate.
“I hope he carries on enjoying it.”
Hazard added that he would one day like to play alongside the five time La Liga champion again, amid reports claiming Chelsea have made Ramos an offer.
“I would have liked to have kept playing with him,” Hazard added. “He still has many goals to score.”
Ramos is also being monitored by Paris Saint Germain, Thomas Tuchel’s former side, who initially offered the Spaniard a one-year deal rather than a two-year deal, report L’Equipe.
L’Equipe also claimed that both parties would be interested in a one-year deal with the option for a further year – a very similar deal to Thiago Silva’s when he joined the Blues, who was aged 35 at the time, just like Ramos now.
With Ramos in the same position Silva was in when he initially joined the Blues, Chelsea fans can take great pleasure when looking back at Marina Granoskaia’s comments regarding the Brazilian’s arrival.
Speaking to the Chelsea website in 2020, the Chelsea director lauded Silva’s experience and quality.
She said: “We are delighted to be able to add a player of Thiago Silva’s proven world-class credentials to our squad.”
Granovskaia continued by highlighting Silva’s qualities, which can be likened to that of Ramos.
“Having performed at the highest level for many years,” she said.
“We have no doubt his experience and quality will complement the many exciting talents we already have here.
“Thiago will be an excellent fit and we hope he can add some new trophies to his impressive list of honours”