Thursday, 22 July 2010
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Champions bid for Brazilian World Cup midfielder
Manchester City were reported to have also shown interest in the 23-year-old, but his representatives say they have had no contact and that Ramires sees Chelsea as a 'dream move'.
Ramires Santos do Nascimento, has had an impressive first season with Benfica, winning a league and cup double, and shooting to fame at the World Cup after a surprise call from coach Dunga.
His dogged displays and hard-running from a right midfield position caught the eye. Dunga said he was sorely missed after a booking in the fiesty group match with Portugal ruled him out of Brazil's quarterfinal defeat by Holland.
Chelsea made their first enquiry about him before the World Cup, aware Ramires would soon become a target for their rivals, but have now backed that up with a hard offer.
Ramires said then amid strong interest from Chelsea: 'My agent has told me that a number of clubs are interested in signing me. We all know that the World Cup is the perfect stage to prove your worth. It would be a dream for me to play for a big club such as Barcelona, Real Madrid or Chelsea.'
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti needs to strengthen his midfield after losing Joe Cole and Michael Ballack, and with Deco due to return to Brazil. Although he has brought in Liverpool's Yossi Benayoun, Ancelotti knows Ramires can give him options in various positions and, crucially, is young enough to improve further.
Ramires earned his nickname 'Blue Kenyan', or Queniano Azul, at Cruzeiro, due to their blue strip and fans saying he had the endurance of a Kenyan marathon runner. He claims he honed his running skills as a child. 'When I was a kid, I was always running away from my grandmother,' he said. 'If I didn't run, I'd get spanked.'
Editors' View: I think this is a intelligent move by Chelsea. We dont have anyone from our youth academy who is a box-to-box attacking midfielder like Frank Lampard. So Ramires can be very good understudy for him.
Few pathetic people call Chelsea BORING, even after scoring record 103 goals recently concluded season. I will not say we are boring but sometimes we really lack pace in the attack and can be too slow . In such situations a player with Marathon run like Ramires can be quite a handful.
Plus he dosent start running crazy towards opposition defenses as certain Mr. Walcott lacking idea of when to cross or when to pass ; but Ramires runs fast but is composed on the ball and knows where his team mates are and where he should pass the ball.
Also he is just 23 and certainly we need youth signings to trim down the average age of our squad.
Editor's Rating:- 3.5 / 5
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