Ramires given Mourinho assurances over Chelsea future

The midfielder has been a key cog for the Blues in recent years but there has been speculation that the boss could make wholesale changes to his squad
Chelsea midfielder Ramires has revealed he received a personal phone call from new manager Jose Mourinho which reassured him he is part of the Portuguese's plans.

Reports had suggested the Brazil international might be moved on by the former Inter and Real Madrid boss, but Ramires is now confident he will play a key role again next season.

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He told Globo Esporte: "I am eager to start working with Mourinho, my phone rang recently and it was Mourinho.

"It surprised me. We talked a lot and he said nice things.

"He said that he requested Inter and Real Madrid sign me when he was coaching those teams, he said that he is happy that I am in Chelsea's squad.

"That made me very happy, and I told him that he can count on me, that I'll do what I can to help him be a winner at his new spell at the club.

"I was already eager to work with him and I am now even more motivated after finding out that he wants to work with me. I am feeling we will have a great season."