Chelsea midfielder Ramires has revealed his love for Benfica and admitted he would love to return to Estadio da Luz.
The Brazil international was speaking ahead of the friendly with Portugal when he was asked about his former club. Ramires joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2010 for £17million and has gradually worked his way into becoming one of the key members of the squad.
Stamford Bridge supporters have taken to the 26-year-old and he is now one of their favourite figures in west London, thanks to his tireless running and determination.
Chelsea are unlikely to be willing to allow Ramires to leave anytime soon, as it looks as though he is a crucial part of Jose Mourinho's plans, but he has not ruled out a return to his former club.
He revealed he had a great time playing in Lisbon and enjoyed working under Jorge Jesus, so much so that he hopes that he can do so again at some point in the future in a bid to repay some of the faith shown in him.
"Benfica have a great team with a great past, a great coach. Football is full of surprises and hopefully I'll return one day," Ramires is quoted as saying in Portuguese publication A Bola.
"I've still got a tremendous amount of affection for Benfica, not just because they opened the door to Europe for me but because of all the things I experienced there, how they welcomed me and how well everything turned out. I can only thank the club."
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