Chelsea favourite Ramires has told of his desire to come back to Stamford Bridge and play for the club again before he retires, which would have caused plenty of excitement around the Blues’ faithful.
The Brazil international was sold to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning in January 2016 for a deal reportedly worth around £25million.
Ramires holds the club in high regard
The midfielder was conducting an interview for Brazil media publication UOL Esporte and was asked about his former club, where the 30-year-old told how of the affection he holds for the club still.
“Chelsea? I’ll always have a special affection for them and I want to play for them again before finishing my career,” he said, before mentioning how “spectacular” it would be to be back at Stamford Bridge in a Blue jersey.
“I know the doors of Stamford Bridge will always be open to me and that wearing their jersey again would be spectacular.”
Ramires became a fan favourite at Chelsea relatively quickly during his six-year stay in London, making 251 appearances in the process, where he helped the team win a number of accolades. During his time at the club, the Brazil international lifted the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and the Europa League, making him one of their most successful players.
Ramires was more than useful in attack
Although he is not known for his creative ability, rather than a dominating midfielder, he would constantly chip in with goals and assists to help the team lift the trophies just mentioned. Ramires scored 34 times, including a goal against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final to help send the Blues to the final and win the tournament, and a further 25 assists.
The 30-year-old was nominated to be named the club’s Player of the Year, however, he lost out to the award after being named in the final three, although he was voted by his peers as their Players’ Player of the Year after they acknowledged how instrumental he was to them that season and their winning efforts.