Ramires loving life at Chelsea
Ramires says he is enjoying life at Chelsea as his second season in English football nears its climax.
By Paulo Freitas
Last Updated: 16/04/12 3:50pm
Ramires says he is enjoying life at Chelsea as his second season in English football nears its climax with an FA Cup final and a potential UEFA Champions League final.
The Brazil midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge for £19.8million from Benfica in 2010 and has made 81 appearances for the Blues, netting 11 times.
In March he agreed a new five-year deal at Chelsea which will keep him at the club until 2017, but admits he still gets star-struck by some of his team-mates.
"They liked my performances here a lot and called me to sign a new contract, I am very happy at Chelsea," he told TV Globo.
"Sometimes I am starting a game and see (Michael) Essien and (Frank) Lampard on the bench, it is a bit surprising but you cannot be scared."
Despite being a regular in the Chelsea team this season, the 25-year-old hasn't played for Brazil since last summer's Copa America and is at a loss to explain his omission from the team.
"I am often asked if something happened between Mano Menezes (the Brazilian manager) and me and I always say nothing happened, at least not from me," he added.
"But sometimes you do not fit a certain style or he did not like how I played, but I am here and if I need to change my style to return to the national team I will."
And despite his international exile, Ramires is dreaming of lifting the World Cup on home soil in 2014.
"I want to tell my soon - 'Daddy won a World Cup playing in Brazil!' Or even if not in Brazil, it will be an achievement to win it."