VIDEO: Former Chelsea midfielder 'Ramires' reveals why Arsenal star, Gabriel Martinelli should join a new club on ‘another level’ than the Gunners

Former Chelsea star Ramires believes it is only a matter of time before Real Madrid try to sign Gabriel Martinelli, insisting there is ‘always another level’ above Arsenal.

Martinelli has been one of Arsenal’s star men this season.

Signed from relative obscurity in 2019, Martinelli has recovered from a serious knee injury to become an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s plans in north London, playing a key role in the Gunners’ rise to the top of the Premier League this season.

The Brazil international’s contract expires in 2024 with the option to extend that by a further year with Real Madrid linked with a move in the past. Barcelona have more recently been credited with interest.

Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires has been hailed his countryman’s ‘tremendous’ season for the Gunners and believes it is only natural for him to think about joining teams such as Real or Juventus.

But the former Brazil international has urged Arsenal to do everything it takes to keep him in north London.

‘Gabriel Martinelli is a terrific player, he’s been absolutely tremendous for Arsenal this season, and it’s great to see a young Brazilian coming through and showing so much maturity,’ said Ramires, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at the launch of their World Cup Free-To-Play Halftime Quiz.

‘It’s inevitable that huge clubs like Real Madrid and Juventus will come knocking on the door.

‘At Arsenal, he is playing for a huge club with lots of ambition, but of course, there’s always going to be another level.

‘I’d say it’s down to Martinelli and what he wants, you know, it’s natural for players like him to think about teams such as Real Madrid, the size and stature of that club, and how it was maybe a childhood dream to play for them.

‘I personally believe that Martinelli still has another level within himself that he’s yet to find, because he’s still so young, and he’s developing.

‘He’s improving with every single game, and if Arsenal can keep hold of him, they have a top, top player who can bring so much happiness to the fans in the shape of trophies.

‘Arsenal have to do everything within their power to keep Gabriel Martinelli.

‘There’s always going to be talk around him. even in Brazil, people are wondering where his next move is going to be.

‘Arsenal must do everything they can to keep hold of him, because he’s an amazing player and I’m confident there’s another level he can reach. ‘

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