After a slow start to his Blues career, Chelsea midfielder Ramires is starting to find his feet at Stamford Bridge as he adapts to the demands of the Barclays Premier League.
The 23-year-old Brazilian international moved to England from Benfica last summer in a £18million deal, but failed to live up to his billing in the early days.
Having struggled to make the transition from the continental style of play he was more familiar with, Ramires reflected:
"We knew it would take time to adapt when I arrived, that was no surprise. No Brazilian escapes it when he comes to England."
Ramires is not your typical samba-styled midfielder, but more of a hard-working box-to-box engine in the middle of the park.
The early days of cheaply giving the ball away are a distant memory, and the Brazilian star now looks to be adding goals to his game.
He scored in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Manchester City with a thoroughly impressive piece of skill and neat finish, to seal the points in the final minutes.
It’s no coincidence that Ramires’ best form has coincided with the arrival of former Benfica teammate and national compatriot David Luiz.
The Blues £21.6million signing has hit the ground running since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in January - something that Ramires can also claim recognition for having drawn on his own experience to help Luiz settle and adapt to life in England.
"We shared great moments in Portugal and I am sure there will be several more here in England. And who knows if we will be together for a long time with the national team too," he concluded.
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