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The former Benfica midfielder is hopeful that the Blues' continental success will allow him to recover his place in the Selecao, while saying the team deserved Saturday's trophy

Chelsea midfielder Ramires has said that he is keen to be part of the Brazil national team's setup once again.

The 25-year-old missed the Champions League final against Bayern Munich through suspension, but played an important role in the club's European campaign with three goals, including one in the semi-final tie against Barcelona.

However, he has not featured for his country since August, and he maintains hope that Chelsea's success will see him recover his place in the Selecao.

"I have never wanted to be out of the Selecao's plans," he told Lancenet. "But it has been almost a year since I was called up for the last time.

"I will continue working hard on the field to show that I deserve to return, rather than talk off it.

"When Mano Menezes thinks that I deserve to return, then I am sure that I will be back."

Questioned on the Champions League success, Ramires hailed the team's fighting spirit and says his side are worthy winners of the title.

"We really deserved this," he noted. "And in this final we showed one more example of our determination.

"We handled the pressure, we conceded a goal 80 or so minutes into the game and we went for the draw.

"We were also behind in the penalty shootout and we still won."

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