Chelsea are set to announce that they have retained the services of Brazilian midfielder Ramires on a new long-term contract, according to reports.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo today say that the 28-year-old has agreed to a deal that will keep him at the club until 2019 - it’s said he will be earning around £3.7million-a-year.
The report in question states that the Blues and Ramires have agreed on terms and that things will be formally announced to the public in the next few days, presumably once the legalities have been ironed out.
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It will come as little surprise that Jose Mourinho is looking to consolidate the presence of his most experienced stars, particularly at a time when he will need them the most.
Ramires is a dutifully consistent performer - he might not be as flashy as some of his more illustrious teammates, but being ever-reliable is an underrated commodity in modern day football.
That said the announcement - if it is indeed forthcoming - will come relatively out of the blue. Ramires has been linked with a transfer to Serie A giants Juventus in recent times and his position as a backup in Mourinho’s squad makes it seem that he is a dispensable asset.
Of course, there’s no reason to dismiss O Jogo’s report offhand, especially since what they’re saying doesn’t appear to be a whimsical transfer link.
Ramires is a redoubtable midfielder who has proven himself capable at the highest level. At this stage, Mourinho looks like he needs as many such characters as he can get his hands on.
Chelsea fans, do you think Ramires will be with the Blues until 2019? Let us know your thoughts on the speculation in the comments box below.