Thursday 27 October 2016

Ramires offered lucrative Chelsea escape route by Jiangsu Suning

Matt Law

Published 25/01/2016 | 14:41

Brazil midfielder Ramires signed a contract extension with Chelsea last October
Brazil midfielder Ramires signed a contract extension with Chelsea last October

Chelsea midfielder Ramires has been offered a lucrative escape route out of Stamford Bridge by Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning.

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Ramires has not started a Premier League game for Chelsea under interim manager Guus Hiddink and was not among the substitutes for the draw with Everton and Sunday’s victory over Arsenal.

The 28-year-old only signed a new four-year contract last October, but it seems Chelsea are ready to cash in on the player with Jiangsu, managed by their former midfielder Dan Petrescu, thought to be ready to pay over £20million to land him.

Selling Ramires would offer greater encouragement to youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek and further underline the importance of John Obi Mikel in Hiddink’s new-look midfield.

Chelsea signed Ramires for £19m from Benfica in 2010 and will feel that making a profit on the Brazilian at this stage of his career represents good business.

Ramires could meet up with Jiangsu at their training camp in Malaga if a deal can be agreed quickly.

Other than selling Ramires, Chelsea are preparing to loan out Christian Atsu to Levante and German club Hamburg want Bertrand Traore on loan.

Branislav Ivanovioc has admitted Chelsea are still missing a vital piece in their jigsaw in the form of Eden Hazard as they attempt to salvage the season.

Captain John Terry declared Chelsea can still challenge for a top four place after the victory over Arsenal, despite the fact the team are still 14 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

 Chelsea are also still in the FA Cup, in which they face MK Dons on Sunday, and the Champions League but Ivanovic believes the form of Hazard could be vital to their hopes of finishing the campaign with European qualification or silverware.

Striker Diego Costa, midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Ivanovic himself have all returned to form under interim manager Guus Hiddink, but Hazard’s bid to show the Dutchman what he can do has been hampered by injury.

 Hazard, who is yet to score for Chelsea this season, returned from a groin problem as a late substitute against Arsenal and Ivanovic is keen to see the Belgian start firing again.

“I think this is the one piece what we really need and miss,” said Ivanovic, who signed a new one-year contract extension last week. “He is also working very hard the last couple of weeks after getting an injury. He is physically in good shape and for sure he will be there in the next couple of games.”

On the improvement of the team under Hiddink, Ivanovic added: “The first thing to say is we have had more time to work, we have had a week between games and we have been working very hard. We have improved our physical condition and the result of that is showing on the pitch.

 "Cesc and Diego are playing really well. With these kinds of guys in attack, with the special things they both have, we get results.

"Against Arsenal and the last few matches, they have given a lot for the team. It's always the guys in attack that make the difference. For us it's very important for Diego to score, for Cesc to assist with great passes because it gives a lot for the team. We are starting to complete our puzzle again and these are two important pieces for us to have a good end to the season.”

Ivanovic still believes Chelsea’s abysmal season can finish on a positive note, but warned the team cannot afford another setback

“Maybe the Arsenal win will be the turning point, but it depends on the next match,” said Ivanovic. “We have to be really careful, we have to get the points from every game. We have to starting winning games regularly.

“We don't know where we can finish, but we are not thinking about that because we know the season for us has been very, very disappointing. It's not finished, but that's a positive because we can still change something.”

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