Former Chelsea and Brazilian midfielder, Ramires looks set for a return to European football after a 2-year spell in China. Ramires will be arriving Portugal to sign for Benfica before the end of the transfer window.
According to reports in Portugal, the 31-year-old midfielder will be returning to his former club, Benfica on an 18-month loan this week, in a €3 million deal.
Ramires left Chelsea for £25 million to join the Chinese Super League club, Jiangsu Sunning in January 2016 after he had a spell of limited playing time under Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink.
He has so far made 71 appearances for the Chinese side since his signature in 2016. The Brazilian maestro will be hoping to re-invent himself in the coming seasons having gotten demoted to the Jiangsu Sunning reserve team because of Chinese League’s change in regulation that has reduced the numbers of foreign footballers in a team to four.
Ramirez left Benfica for Chelsea in 2010 and won four titles with the London club. He was an influential member of Chelsea’s first ever Champions League triumph in the 2011/2012 season.
The former Chelsea man is often remembered for his Champions League semi-final goal against Barcelona at Camp Nou. The game ended 2-2. A result that qualified the Blues for their second appearance in the UEFA Champions League final.
Ramires since his move to China has been ousted from the Brazilian national team just like his fellow compatriot, Oscar.