FORMER CHELSEA STAR RAMIRES DESPERATE TO LEAVE CHINA

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Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires is having things difficult in the Chinese Super League and is desperate to leave Jiangsu Suning.

The 32-year-old has not played since May of last year, and has been demoted to the B-team since July and is currently unhappy at his club.

The 30-year-old Brazilian quit Chelsea for Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning in a shock January 2016 deal after falling down the pecking order under then-boss Guus Hiddink.

Jiangsu refused to sell the Brazilian last summer, but with his contract about to expire at the end of the season, he’ll be a free agent at the end of the season.

According to UOL and ESPN Brasil journalist Mauro Cezar Pereira, Flamengo are preparing a bid to take the former Blue back home to Brazil.

Ramires opened the door to a return to Stamford Bridge last year by admitting he wants to play for Chelsea again.

“Chelsea? I’ll always have special affection for them and I want to play for them again before finishing my career,” Ramires said.

“I know the doors of Stamford Bridge will always be open to me and that wearing their jersey again would be spectacular.”

Ramires was a fan favourite during his time at Chelsea having joined the club in 2011 under Carlo Ancelotti.

The Brazilian will famously be remembered for the goal he scored against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals enroute Chelsea’s run to winning the Champions League in 2012.

Ramires won practically every piece of silverware available during his time at Stamford Bridge, but unsurprisingly it is our European exploits of 2012 which make him most proud, including his remarkable chip at Camp Nou.

“I received the ball, then I passed it to Lampard and I started to run,” Ramires reminisces as he told Chelsea magazine in 2018.

“Their defence was not that compact, so I ran through the middle. Lampard saw this, he took away Mascherano and saw me, so he passed me the ball. I ran and ran and then I saw Valdes coming and I knew I had one thing I could do to score a goal – to put the ball over him. I was so happy with my finish and it was an amazing goal.

“After I chipped it, I went to celebrate but I had to look again to make sure it had gone into the back of the net! When I saw it touching the net, I ran to celebrate and I could only hear our fans. The stadium was quiet, but our fans were screaming. That was a good feeling for me.”

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