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Mar 17, 2011

Ramos: I'd be happy to never leave Real

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says he has no intention of leaving the club and insists he would be happy to stay at the Bernabeu for the rest of his career.

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Ramos, 24, has already been at Real for five years and is the second-longest serving member of the current squad, behind evergreen captain Iker Casillas.

However, the full-back has been rumoured to be unhappy at the Bernabeu this season, with reports of fall-outs with team-mates appearing in the Spanish press with worrying regularity.

Chelsea have been tipped to offer Ramos a chance to leave the Real by launching a big-money move for him in the summer, but the Spanish international says he wants to stay in Madrid and would happily pen a new deal to keep him at the club for life.

"You can never say what's going to happen in football, although I am happy here," Ramos told FIFA.com. "I'm very grateful to Sevilla and Madrid for having moulded me as a player and a person.

"And what more can I ask for than to be with the best club in the world, in a fantastic city and with my family close by? I love it here and if they offer to renew my contract for life, I'd jump at the chance."

"I know I need to earn a few more stripes and I'm more than happy to accept that challenge. I've been here for seven years and I've absorbed the values of this great club by playing alongside legends like Zinedine Zidane and Raul.

"Now I'm sharing the captaincy with Iker Casillas and I have to set an example and help the newer players, who don't know the club so well."

Ramos has played 235 games for Real in all competitions, scoring 27 goals for Los Blancos. He also has 73 Spanish caps to his name and played in the side that won both Euro 2008 and last year's World Cup.

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