Ramires has expressed his desire to play for Chelsea again before he calls it quits on his footballing career because of the special affection he enjoyed during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Ramires, 30, moved from Chelsea to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning in January 2016, although he was afforded the opportunity to spend time at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground early this season as he was recuperating from a knee injury.
In the course of an interview with UOL Esporte, he expressed his desire to once more play in Chelsea’s blue clours where he won domestic and European trophies between 2010 and 2016.
“They’re the team I will always have a special affection for and where I still have the desire to play before finishing my career,” he said.
“I was recently treating an injury I had at the club and I can say that, without a doubt, it’s like my second home there.
“I know the doors at Stamford Bridge will always be open for me, and going back to wear the shirt of that club one day would be amazing.”
Ramires who currently has 2 years left on his contract with Jiangsu was linked with a move to Inter in January, currently owned by the Suning group, although it turned out to be mere speculations.
“There has been a lot of talk about Inter’s interest but nothing concrete has come to me directly, at least until now,” he added. “Everyone knows Inter is a great club, and to play in Europe again is one of my wishes.
“My focus is on helping the team have a great year in 2018 and nothing else is going through my head at the moment.”
Jiangsu ended poorly last season. finishing 12th out of 16 teams in the Chinese Super League after ending up as runners-up in 2016. However, Ramires is confident that the current 2018 campaign will end on a positive note.
“The first year in China was excellent,” he said. “I adapted very quickly. Last year, we had a lot of difficulties because of some changes, but the preparation for 2018 has been great.
“I’m happy here, so is my family, I have everyone’s respect and affection and I’ll keep fighting to continue meeting expectations.”