Brazil midfielder Ramires has admitted that the arrival of Guus Hiddink was one of the main reasons why he left Chelsea in the January transfer window.
The 29-year-old departed Stamford Bridge in favour of a £25 million move to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning at the start of the year.
It was a transfer that surprised Chelsea fans, who had watched Ramires enjoy a fine six-year stint in west London.
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As well as revealing that Hiddink played a role in his departure, Ramires has also admitted that he had a great relationship with the club's former manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho was dismissed as Chelsea manager in December after a disastrous opening half to the campaign, but it appears that Ramires was against the decision.
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Ramires has his say
He said, as per The Sun: “One of the big reasons I left Chelsea was the arrival of the new coach.
“It wasn’t just because I had a good relationship with Jose.
“But when he was in charge, I knew there was a chance of playing and that the fight for a place in the team was always open.
“Yet when Hiddink arrived, he took me out of the side for no reason. I couldn’t understand why because I had played well and fought hard for a team that was having difficulties."
The player has also insisted that Hiddink didn't like him as a player and suggested that he wasn't given the opportunity to force his way into the starting XI.
He continued by saying: “He didn’t like me as a player or my way and decided very rashly that he wasn’t going to give me an opportunity to fight for a place in his team.
“Even when I played the full 90 minutes against Scunthorpe, the next match in the Premier League I was not involved.
“I just sat on the bench the entire game and after that I wasn’t even a sub. I was a long time out of matches there and I wanted to join in and help a team that was not in a great moment.
“And it was not easy to watch from the bench and see the team not performing well. Hiddink’s arrival really complicated things for me and I just don’t know why... but I guess that’s football.”
The sale of Ramires most definitely split opinion at Stamford Bridge. While the Brazilian midfielder was clearly talented and a fine squad player, he never really established himself as a leading player for the club.
And you can't exactly blame the Chelsea hierarchy for accepting a bid of £25m. Ultimately, it's a huge sum to pay for a player who will soon be approaching the latter stages of his career.
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