Ramires planning Chelsea return, with door 'always open'

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The Brazilian midfielder left Stamford Bridge for China in January 2016, but claims he has every intention of representing the Blues again

Ramires is planning a return to Chelsea at some stage, with the Brazilian claiming that the door is “always open” to him at Stamford Bridge.

The 30-year-old midfielder left west London in January 2016, with a £25 million move taking him to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.

He left Chelsea having made close to 250 appearances and collected Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League winners’ medals.

Ramires took the decision to leave after slipping down the pecking order under Guus Hiddink, but he maintains that it is his intention to take in a second spell in England once his Asian adventure is over.

“Chelsea? I’ll always have special affection for them and I want to play for them again before finishing my career,” the Brazil international told UOL Esporte.

“I know the doors of Stamford Bridge will always be open to me and that wearing their jersey again would be spectacular.”

There has been little talk of a possible Chelsea reunion for Ramires, with the Blues having moved forward with alternative options.

A potential switch to Serie A heavyweights Inter Milan has generated more speculation, with a move to Italy holding obvious appeal.

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Ramires is, however, adamant that no approach has been made and that his full focus remains locked on his efforts in China.

He added: “There’s been lots of talk about Inter, but nothing concrete has come my way, at least until today.

“Everyone knows Inter are a great club and that playing in Europe again is a wish of mine, but for now I’m thinking about helping Jiangsu have a great 2018. Nothing else is going through my head right now.”