It’s been well over a month since Ramires signed for Chelsea for an estimated £17 million. He has had the time to settle down, to get acquainted with everyone and now he needs to show what he’s made of.
After the departures of Michael Ballack, Julianno Belletti and Deco over the summer, Carlo Ancelotti did require a midfielder and Ramires must have met the requirements. When Ramires made the move Ancelotti had lots of admiration for the player. “He is a fantastic player,” he said, “He will be the future of the Brazilian National Team and I hope the future of Chelsea.”
There is no doubt that Ramires is a young talented player. Chelsea have been criticised for their ‘aging side’, even after winning the double last season people still believe players such as Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba are past their best. At some point these footballers will have to retire and investing in youth is clearly the right path to go down.
Ramires is also Brazilian. It’s clearly common knowledge that the Brazilian’s know a thing or two about football and even at the tender age of 23 he has played several times for his country, scoring twice. Another positive and definitive reason for his move to Chelsea is his desire to play for the club, there’s no good signing a player who doesn’t have the ambition and drive for success. Ramires told www.chelseafc.com what he thought of his move to the London side.
“Every player in the world would love to play for Chelsea and it’s a great opportunity that was given to me,” he said, “I will give my best to repay this chance and I’m very happy.”
Ramires clearly hopes to become a first team regular eventually but he is yet to keep his place. He has only made three appearances , making the starting eleven twice but the season is only just under way. Ancelotti has a few midfielders to choose from and Ramires is currently only getting to start matches due to Frank Lampard’s absence. When back from injury Lampard is sure to play ahead of Ramires but if he trains hard and keeps his head down he is sure to get noticed.
Ramires re-ignited his passion for Chelsea in a recent interview with The Mirror. He said: “Chelsea have begun the season like a locomotive engine but the season is long and the matches are not always easy. For me, Chelsea is the favourite for the title and I want to be in the starting XI. This is my target.”
He clearly wants to do well for the club which any fan should be pleased about, often players lack such desire. He has the skills and the talent but with regulars such as John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien Ramires will have to work hard to achieve his goal. If he doesn’t get what he wants he could well move on which could be very detrimental to Chelsea’s future.