Ramires finally settling in at Chelsea

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Chelsea midfielder Ramires insists his best form is still to come, after finally settling in England.

After an inconspicuous start to his Blues career, Ramires has flourished in midfield for the Stamford Bridge club scoring twice for the club since the turn of the year, in a the thumping of Bolton in January, and then last month against Manchester City.

His goal against City particularly caught the eye, as he waltzed past two defenders before slotting beyond Joe Hart, and the Brazilian admits it took him some time to adapt to life in London.

"From when I arrived, I came to help Chelsea." he said.

"I am happy that I have improved and have been growing, thanks to the other players and the staff who have welcomed me very well and gave me a lot of support.

"Ever since I arrived Carlo Ancelotti has shown a lot of confidence in my job, and gave me time to adapt in the beginning, to gain confidence myself, and to hear that from the coach is pleasing.

"I always try to do my best on the pitch, and when I show what I can do it is good to get positive comments, not just from the coach but also from colleagues.

"After the City game I replayed the goal four or five times but I haven't watched it since, and more than ever now I still have to keep my feet on the ground and know I have a lot to improve.


"I also have a lot more to offer in the future, and it is more important that Chelsea are competing to make the supporters proud, and bringing the success that this club deserves."

Perhaps a reason for Ramires' quick bedding in at Chelsea is down to the other Samba stars in Ancelotti's squad.

While Alex obtained a work permit to start playing for Chelsea in 2007, fellow Brazilian David Luiz, who like the 24-year-old joint from Benfica, only signed for the club in January, but has wasted no time in making an impact.

Ramires attributes this success to the defender's individual professionalism.

"It has been easy for him to adapt, not just inside the pitch but outside as well.

"He is a player with a good heart and his adaptation depends on his individuality. If he came with his head down and didn't show a lot he would have problems, but he came with his head high willing to show what he could do and wanted to make himself successful.

"Coming from the Portuguese league to the English league is not easy. In Portugal it was a case of going and winning the ball quickly and attacking, whereas in England because it is quicker you have to try to be more composed and hold your position before you can win the ball.

"He is an intelligent guy with great ability and soon he will be reading the game well. It is all about training and improving in training, it can only get better.

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