Jose Mourinho believed Sergio Ramos would be able to replicate Thiago Silva’s impact at Chelsea if he came to the Premier League.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Mourinho was asked whether Ramos could cut it in England’s top division.
The iconic defender recently confirmed his departure from Real Madrid after 16 years of unparalleled service.
He will become a free agent at the beginning of July, with no shortage of suitors wanting to snap him up.
Brazilian in Chelsea blue
If the Blues were to sign the 35-year-old it would place him within a squad next to another experienced, talismanic centre-back in Silva.
At the slightly less ripe age of 36, the Brazilian joined Chelsea in August, also on a free.
Last season, the former Paris Saint-Germain skipper played 34 times and was a starter in the Champions League final victory.
Injuries aside, Silva’s debut campaign was a success, enough to earn him a 12-month extension on his contract.
Ramos can recreate Silva
Mourinho felt Ramos could have a comparable influence if he opted for England as his next destination.
Chelsea’s ex-manager said: “Look at Thiago Silva. His is a similar situation.
“He didn’t stay at Paris when people would have expected him to stay in Paris for a couple more seasons.
“He didn’t. He came to Chelsea and signed one season with an option for one more. He didn’t play every match.
“He had a couple of little muscular issues. But, in big matches he gave great stability. You can imagine how much he helped the team.
“I believe Ramos is in a similar situation. He is even more physical than Thiago to cope with the Premier League demands.
“He is very good in the air. I have no doubts that he can play with the intensity and the demands of the Premier League.”
Kings of football
Fantasy football enthusiasts would drool at the thought of Ramos and Silva in the same side.
Combined, the centre-halves have made 1,264 senior appearances and won 46 major European honours.
They have also been named in UEFA’s Team of the Year twice together.
Could Stamford Bridge hold the pair of them? It would certainly be fun to find out.