Ramires grateful to ex-Gunners
Ramires sought advice from two former Arsenal players before deciding on a move to England.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 06/08/10 7:23am
Chelsea target Ramires has revealed that he sought advice from two former Arsenal players before deciding on a move to the Premier League.
The Benfica midfielder is thought to be on the brink of a £17million switch from Portugal to England, with contract talks and a medical pending.
And Ramires has explained that he spoke with Brazilian compatriots Gilberto Silva and Julio Baptista, who both played for Arsenal, regarding making the transfer to England.
The 23-year-old said in The Sun: "Gilberto, Julio Baptista and others gave me confidence by insisting I must accept this chance.
"In the end the Chelsea proposition was impossible to reject - not just because of the money but the chance to spend every day at one of the best clubs in the world.
"As a boy in Brazil I watched the Premier League and I remember how Chelsea and Manchester United played such attractive football.
"This summer has been a dream - the Portuguese title with Benfica, the call of Brazil, the World Cup and now the jump into the Premier League."