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Brazilian international wants to leave Benfica for a bigger club

Highly-rated Benfica midfielder Ramires put in some impressive performances for Brazil at the 2010 World Cup, and the 23-year-old's good outings in South Africa didn't go unnoticed elsewhere.

Several English and Spanish clubs are believed to be interested in signing Ramires and the midfielder has now fed speculation that he could leave his current club this summer.

"My agent has told me that a number of clubs are interested in signing me, but this didn't surprise me. We all know that the World Cup is the perfect stage to prove your worth," Ramires was quoted as saying by Record.

"One good game could be enough to attract the interest of a big club. I don't know the names of the clubs that are after me, but it would be a dream for me to play for a big club such as Barcelona, Real Madrid or Chelsea."

Ramires joined Benfica from Cruzeiro in the summer of 2009 for a reputed fee of £6.3 million (€7.5m). He has a contract until 2014, but could leave the Lisbon giants if a club matches his £25m (€30m) release fee.

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