Ramires posts emotional tribute to fans after Chelsea exit

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Ramires has penned a touching tribute to Chelsea fans after his departure from Stamford Bridge was confirmed this afternoon.

The Brazilian winger has joined Chinese outfit Jiangsu Suning to link up with former Blues player Dan Petrescu, who manages this club, after a £25 million transfer was agreed.

The 28-year-old leaves west London having helped Chelsea win the Champions League, the Premier League and the FA Cup having spent almost six years with the club.

The news came as a surprise to some fans given that he signed a new contract in October, and they're likely to have been moved by the midfielder's post on Instagram this afternoon in which he thanked them for their support during his time at the club.

Ramires wrote, alongside an image of him holding the Premier League trophy: "I would like say thanks to Chelsea and their fans for all good moments that I have lived here. I'm proud to have written my name in the club's history with titles, especially the Champions League.

"I need to say a special thanks also to all people who have supported me daily, staff, management and team partners. You'll always have my admiration. Thank you."

Ramires leaves the club having played a key role in some of their most notable successes - including their Champions League win in 2012.

He scored the crucial goal against Barcelona in the semi-finals when Chelsea were down to 10 men after John Terry's red card, despite the fact he'd received a booking and would miss the final through suspension. He was also named Chelsea's player of the year that season.

He leaves Chelsea with the club in a state of flux, with Jose Mourinho sacked and just seven points separating them from the relegation zone with 23 games gone.

Interim manager Guus Hiddink has steadied the ship since his arrival, and the club will resume their Champions League campaign against Paris Saint-Germain next month.

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