Chelsea midfielder Ramires has held preliminary talks with senior officials at Stamford Bridge to discuss the prospect of penning a long-term contract extension in west London.
That's according to the Daily Telegraph, who claim the Brazil international is set to be rewarded on the orders of Jose Mourinho, who is determined to make sure the 28-year-old remains happy with the Blues for the foreseeable future.
Ramires still has two years to run on the five-year deal he signed back in 2012, but the Portuguese tactician believes he deserves another pay-rise as recognition of the consistent form he's shown since the former Real Madrid boss returned to England two years ago.
The South American has been with the Premier League champions since the summer of 2010, joining the club in an £18 million deal from Benfica almost half a decade ago.
Over the past five seasons Ramires has established himself as an important first-team squad member and has been deployed in a variety of different positions, delivering astute and committed performances in each of the roles asked of him.
Mourinho is such a huge fan of the player that he wants to tie him down beyond 2017, although the full extent of the terms that are currently being discussed with club chiefs at this stage remain unknown.
However, an announcement is expected in the not too distant future - and certainly before the start of the 2015/16 campaign - as the holders begin preparations for the defence of their domestic crown in just a few weeks time.
Ramires was actually linked with a move away from the club this time last year, but Mourinho was quick to clarify his position that the player remained an integral part of his plans moving forward.
And, with a growing contingent of Brazilian stars now plying their trade at Stamford Bridge, there appears no reason for the energetic midfield star to go looking for a move anywhere else, particularly while the Blues are being so successful.
In addition to retaining their Premier League crown, Chelsea will also have their eyes firmly set on mounting a challenge for the Champions League trophy, in an attempt to repeat the heroics of 2012 which saw Ramires play an instrumental role in the club's route to the final.
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