Saturday 19 August 2017

Ramires set for debut

Brazilian midfielder Ramires is set to make his debut for Chelsea against Stoke today -- and he insists he is ready for the physical challenge of the Premier League.

The 23-year-old, who cost £17m from Benfica, is likely to start on the Stamford Bridge bench. But he cannot wait to get on and is under no illusions about the physical and mental toughness required.

Ramires said: "I understand the challenge ahead and I'm ready for that. I know what lies ahead and I'm looking forward to taking on that challenge.

"I hope I can give my best and do well. I'll have to work very hard."

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