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Chelsea complete signing of Benfica midfielder Ramires

Chelsea have completed signing of Benfica midfielder Ramires on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

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Ramires, 23, had a work permit finalised yesterday and completed a medical this afternoon. The Brazil World Cup 2010 star has arrived at Stamford Bridge for a rumoured £18.3 million after helping Benfica to the Portuguese title.

Speaking to his new club's official website, Ramires was thankful for the opportunity to play for the Premier League champions.

He said: "Every player in the world would love to play for Chelsea and it's a great opportunity that was given to me.

"I will give my best to repay this chance and I am very happy."

The deal to bring the ex-Cruzeiro man to Stamford Bridge came too late to feature in tomorrow's top flight opener against West Bromwich Albion. He will begin training with his team-mates next week.

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