Chelsea midfielder Ramires says he is back to full fitness to help his club claim their fourth Premier League title this season.
The Portuguese ace has endured something of troubled season to date, and has started just three Premier League fixtures thanks to the emergence of the partnership between Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, as well as injury.
However the former Benfica star is back from a groin strain and having not started a Premier League game since mid-November is now ready to step up at Stamford Bridge.
He told the Evening Standard: "I am happy. I have been playing just five or 10 minutes before, but against Spurs I played for 45 minutes and Watford I played the full 90.
"I'm more confident because now I'm okay to play if Jose Mourinho needs me to play more games. I'm in the condition to do that. I have had to be patient. I stopped playing regularly for a long time and now for me it's very good to be playing more."
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There has been plenty of speculation over the future of Ramires at Chelsea, with Real Madrid reportedly eyeing a swoop. Jose Mourinho has been quick to deny the rumours and says he would like to keep the 27-year-old at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future.
However Ramires says now he is fully fit, he's ready to push on and give his all for Chelsea. "I need to do more work to feel more well, but now I can help the team and I'm happy about that.
"It was a muscular injury in my abductor. It is a difficult area to get injured because all your movement depends on this. It was difficult for me because one day it felt very good, others not so good. But I try every day to help the team in games."
He is unlikely to gain a regular first team spot at Chelsea but could well get plenty of games in cup competitions. The Blues are still in the FA Cup, take on Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.
They are of course still top of the Premier League from Manchester City while boss Jose Mourinho is still seeking his first Champions League crown in west London.