What’s happening to ex-Chelsea player Ramires over in China is very surprising

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Ramires will always occupy a special place in the hearts of Chelsea supporters thanks to his stunning chip at the Camp Nou back in 2012.

Barcelona were 2-0 up and cruising in the Champions League semi-final second leg against their English opponents, who had been reduced to 10 men after John Terry’s daft knee in the back of Alexis Sanchez.

But Ramires’s goal on the stroke of half-time changed everything.

Chelsea went on to draw the match 2-2 and, in the process, book their place in the Champions League final.

They then defeated Bayern Munich in the final to secure the European Cup for the first time in their history.

Ramires would spend another three-and-a-half years with Chelsea before leaving Stamford Bridge for Chinese outfit Jiangsu Suning in January 2016.

The Chinese Super League side forked out £25 million for the Brazilian midfielder and, according to Goal, is understood to be earning a cool £200,000 a week.

Ramires's career in China so far

However, Ramires’s spell with Jiangsu got off to an inauspicious start. In the 94th minute on his debut, Ramires was sent off for a push on a Joenbuk player.

This was hardly the way to endear himself to his new club’s supporters.

He made amends by scoring three minutes into his league debut, against Shandong Luneng, and ended his first season with five goals in 36 appearances.

Ramires played 34 games last season, scoring 12 goals, but things have taken a turn for the worse in 2018.

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What's happening with Ramires now is surprising

It’s emerged that Ramires has not played a single minute in the Chinese Super League this season, despite the fact he’s been fit.

His only appearance of the season came last month against Tianjin Quanjian in the Chinese equivalent of the FA Cup.

Considering they’re paying him £200,000 a week, it seems bizarre why Jiangsu aren’t giving him more minutes.

It’s possible that Ramires’s comments from earlier this year about wanting a return to Europe has cost him his place in the team.

He told reporters in January: "It's not all down to me, but I'd be very happy to return to Europe. I hope an agreement can be reached with Inter.

"It would be a great moment for me and my family. I'll be ready, if it does happen."

Given what’s been happening over recent months, it now seems inevitable that the 31-year-old will be back playing European football in the very near future.

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