The 26-year-old, though, is only concerned with continuing his consistent form at Chelsea. “I see the interest of Real Madrid as a recognition of my good work in Europe, but I’m under contract with Chelsea and it would be unethical for me to comment (on their interest). For the moment, these are only rumours,” he said. “I am very happy here. I am respected and part of the club’s history. “If I leave, Chelsea would have to make the decision. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I have realised my dream here. “My goals are never personal, but collective. I want to continue to play football and help my team win titles. Collective success makes me stronger individually.” Chelsea and West Brom were involved in an altercation in the tunnel after the dramatic ending to Saturday’s match. Press Association Sport understands Mourinho came out of the home dressing room in response to hearing shouts from players, with the visitors unhappy at the manner of Chelsea’s late equaliser. There was then a frank exchange of views between the Blues manager and West Brom defender Jonas Olsson, before the situation was quickly diffused by club stewards and staff. The Football Association has confirmed the referee’s report did not include any mention of the fracas, and as such no action is anticipated from the governing body. Brazil midfielder Ramires is confident Chelsea can “win it all” under Jose Mourinho this season. Ramires feels Mourinho’s squad can continue to grow in the months ahead. Speaking to Brazilian website www.sambafoot.com, Ramires said: “The Premier League is one of the toughest competitions in the world, but we have the means to win. “Our team is very strong and we can win it all this season. “Winning the Champions League (with Chelsea in 2012) was one of the greatest moments of my career. “I think the only title that can compete with that is the World Cup in Brazil.” Ramires added: “Mourinho is a very decent coach. He is doing an excellent job. He manages to motivate his players and offers a chance to everyone. “I have evolved since his arrival. I hope to continue to help and doing what he expects of me.” Real Madrid are said to be interested in Ramires, who only last year signed a new contract extension. The Blues battled to a 2-2 draw against West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but only after a controversial penalty deep into stoppage-time awarded by referee Andre Marriner when Ramires went down in the box following a shoulder challenge from Steven Reid. Following Arsenal’s defeat at Manchester United on Sunday, Chelsea are now just four points off the Barclays Premier League summit and have also recovered from a slow start to top their Champions League group. Press Association
Junior goalie Gussie Johns was named the MPSF Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after a strong showing against No. 6 Colorado last Friday. Johns made nine saves and picked up three ground balls in USC’s 11-5 victory at the Coliseum, shutting out the Buffaloes during the entire second half.The junior goalie is no newcomer to accolades. This is Johns’ second MPSF Defensive Player of the Week award of the year and her fifth career Player of the Week honor. Johns leads the country in goals against average (6.69) and is fourth in the nation in ground balls per game (4.0). Johns also continues to add to her program-record 289 career saves and 156 career ground balls. Monday marked the fifth consecutive week that a USC women’s lacrosse player took home a weekly conference award. Senior attacker Michaela Michael leads the way, winning four straight MPSF Offensive Player of the Week awards — a streak that ended this week. Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller took home Rookie of the Week honors in March, and freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff also received the award two weeks ago. Johns’ accolade was her first since being named Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 20.Johns has gained national attention for her play in net for the Trojans. After dominating at USC during her first two collegiate seasons, Johns was named to the United States’ final roster in January for the 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup, which will be held in Guildford, England this summer.Johns is one of just two current student-athletes on the national team, along with North Carolina junior midfielder Marie McCool. Also joining Johns on Team USA is Devon Wills, the Trojans’ associate head coach and defensive coordinator.Next, USC will look to extend its six-game winning streak when the team travels to Stanford on Friday. A victory over the Cardinal would clinch the first seed in the MPSF tournament, which will be hosted at McAlister Field beginning April 27. Another win over UC Davis on Sunday would also set a new MPSF record for consecutive conference wins. While individual recognition is nice, Johns and thenow-sixth-ranked Trojans will strive for a conference title as well as the ultimate goal: the first national championship in the program’s five-year history.