Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires wants to return to Stamford Bridge before the end of his career.
The energetic Brazilian currently plies his trade in China with Jiangsu Suning, having left the Blues in January 2016 but could barely conceal his enthusiasm when talking about making a return to West London one day.
The midfielder, who can operate either centrally or on the right, is still only 30 and clearly feels he could still contribute something to his old club, who currently find themselves out of the Premier League top four.
It also remains to be seen who will be in charge at Stamford Bridge long-term with the pressure on under-fire manager Antonio Conte only intensifying after the Blues’ limp and unambitious display in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City.
That does not appear to be playing on Ramires’ mind and he told Brazilian outlet UOL Sports:
“It’s the team that will always have a special affection and where I still have the desire to play before ending my career.
“I’ve been treating an injury I had recently at the club and I can say without a doubt that it’s like my second home there.
“I know that the doors of the Stamford Bridge will always be open for me and to go back to wearing the club shirt someday would be spectacular.”
Ramires’ energy and versatility would still be an asset but as he gets the wrong side of 30, it would not be a surprise if his legs began to fade.
That would no doubt limit his potential impact on Chelsea but of course the major factor is who is in charge at Stamford Bridge next season.
That will dictate the style of play and demands on the squad – in truth it would be surprising if there was a need for Ramires to make a return.