Ramires dreaming of meeting Benfica in Europa League final

The Brazilian Chelsea midfielder is hoping to meet his former club in the Amsterdam final after both teams were kept apart in the semi final draw on Friday morning
Chelsea midfielder Ramires is hoping his side can beat FC Basel to line up a Europa League final against his former club Benfica.

The 26-year old spent a solitary season in Portugal before making the move to west London in 2010 to join the then Premier League champions, before adding FA Cup and Champions League winners medals to his collection.

Ramires played 60 minutes of Chelsea's second leg at Rubin Kazan on Thursday night and is relishing the chance of participating in the final.

He told Globo Esporte: "I actually would like to return to the Estadio da Luz, where I was very happy but if I was to play against Benfica, I would prefer it to be in the final.

"It would be wonderful to see my friends again and the club, who I am greatly associated with."

Chelsea now face a nightmare fixture pile up starting with this Sunday's FA Cup semi final against Manchester City and then their Europa League semi final against FC Basel who knocked out Tottenham in the last round on penalties.

And Ramires recognises the strength of the last-four, adding: "Now we will work hard to see that it happens. It won't be easy for us or for Benfica.

"Basel and Fenerbahce are playing great football and we will need to make a big effort."