Chelsea midfielder Ramires has revealed assurances over his future from Jose Mourinho, and claims the new Blues boss wanted to sign him while he was manager at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, respectively.
Ramires has been linked with a transfer away from Chelsea before the September deadline, with last season's interim manager Rafael Benitez reportedly keen to bring the Brazilian to Napoli following his appointment at the Italian club.
The return of Mourinho to Stamford Bridge has raised questions over the respective futures of a number of Chelsea players, but Ramires appears set to stay with the club under the second tenure of the Portuguese.
Ramires, 26, received a recent fillip after taking a phone call from Mourinho, who outlined his intention to keep the Brazil international at Chelsea, amid speculation he may be sold during the transfer window.
The former Benfica star also revealed Mourinho informed him that he had been interested in acquiring his services while at Inter then with Madrid, and is pleased they now have the opportunity to work together at Chelsea.
"I am eager to start working with Mourinho, my phone rang recently and it was Mourinho," Ramires told Globo Esporte.
"It surprised me. We talked a lot and he said nice things.
"He said that he requested Inter Milan and Real Madrid sign me when he was coaching those teams, he said that he is happy that I am in Chelsea's squad.
"That made me very happy, and I told him that he can count on me, that I'll do what I can to help him be a winner at his new spell at the club.
"I was already eager to work with him and I am now even more motivated after finding out that he wants to work with me. I am feeling we will have a great season."