Aston Villa & Sunderland target Iván Ramis keen on Premier League move

Real Mallorca defender Iván Ramis is keen to move to the Premier League, with Aston Villa and Sunderland reportedly interested

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Iván Ramis has hinted he is ready to quit La Liga and move to the Premier League, with Aston Villa and Sunderland reportedly interested in the Real Mallorca defender.

The 27-year-old scored twice in 34 league appearances for Mallorca last season, and despite being happy in Spain, Ramis admits moving to the English top flight would be an exciting new challenge.

“This could be the ideal moment to make a change and the Premier League is a destination that appeals because I like the football there,” told AS.

“I cannot say that things are bad here because I’m very happy, but it’s possibly a step that I have to take to continue growing as a player.

“I want to have more challenges, more dreams, and to play in the English league would be an important step for me. I’d prefer things to be sorted out as soon as possible with regards to whether I’m staying or going.”

Mallorca vice-president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer confirmed on Thursday that there had been interest from a Premier League club in the centre-half, but underlined the La Liga outfit’s desire to keep Ramis.

“I’ve received an offer from the representative of a Premier League club but we are quite far apart,” he added.

“We’re happy that Ramis has the idea and dream of progressing in his career. We’ve invested a lot in him and we know that he’s a local lad, who developed here and who is very important.

“We’re not thinking that Ivan has to go. The truth is that we wouldn’t like him to go.”

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