Jose Mourinho has backed Sergio Ramos to face the physical demands of the Premier League following his exit from Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants have confirmed that the veteran defender’s 16-year stay at the Bernabeu will end when his contract expires at the end of the month.
Ramos, who said his moving farewell to the club in a tearful press conference, has been linked with moves to Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea in recent weeks.
After rejecting a return from former Sevilla, saying it was “never an option”, he is heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.
And Mourinho has “no doubt” that Ramos still has what it takes to perform in the English top flight.
The legendary manager even said the 35-year-old could have a similar impact to Thiago Silva at Chelsea as he helped the Blues achieve Champions League glory after participating in a free summer transfer. latest.
The Special One, who managed Ramos at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013, told Friday’s talkSPORT Breakfast: “You look at Thiago Silva and he’s in a similar situation.
“He didn’t stay in Paris when people expected.
“He came to Chelsea, signed for one season with an option for one more, he hasn’t played every game, he had some little muscle problems, but he gave great stability in big games.
“You can imagine how much he helped the team develop and their leadership. I believe Ramos is in a similar situation.
“He is even more physical than Thiago to face the demands of the Premier League. He is very good in the air.
“I have no doubt that he can play with the intensity and the demands of the Premier League.”
Spanish outlet AS claim clubs Manchester and Paris Saint-Germain are suing Ramos, who will demand a salary of £ 200,000 a week.
The Spain international, who won five La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with Los Blancos, broke down in tears during his farewell press conference on Thursday.
And Mourinho is surprised Ramos hasn’t ended his career with Real Madrid.
“He’s the kind of player you expect to end his career at Real Madrid,” added the Special One.
“So it’s quite surprising that this didn’t happen.
“I think that, despite his injuries this season which prevented him from playing for a few months, it does not hide that he remains a very good player capable of playing a few more seasons at a very good level.
“I can imagine that we will see him play at a very good club.
“Only a top club would be able to meet their financial demands.”