Midfielder Ramires Santos do Nascimento has described Chelsea as his home. The Brazilian, who joined the west London club from Benfica in 2010, recently signed a contract extension that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2019.
‘What is there to say about this club?’ the 28-year-old asked, reports chelseafc.com.
‘This is my home now. The memories since I arrived here are the very best. At the beginning, when I came to a huge club, my first thought was just to play here and remain here.
‘A few years have gone by now. I have had all the support I ever wanted and needed from everyone at Chelsea, from the players that have left, from the players who are still here and, hopefully, from the players that will come in the years ahead as well.’
Ramires also said it is important for him to have his fellow Brazilians in the Chelsea squad. The Blues have Willian, Oscar, Diego Costa and Kenedy, who are Brazil-born.
‘It’s very important for us to have one another here, especially when a new Brazilian player arrives, because we all speak the same language.
‘While we have a very good relationship with all our team-mates, it helps to have these guys because, being so far away from home, they represent a kind of family here.
‘As for the record of being the longest serving Brazilian player at Chelsea, I’m not here to break any records but I am very happy about that and it is a good sign that the club is renewing my contract because it means I must be doing a good job. Hopefully, I will be able to stay here for a very long time.’