Ramires Thanks Arsenal Old Boys For Chelsea Switch

Chelsea’s new signing Ramires thanked former Arsenal players Gilberto Silva and Julio Baptista last night for sealing his £18.3million move to Chelsea.

It is said that the Brazilian was in two minds about leaving Benfica for the Premier League champions but the former Gunners, his World Cup team-mates, told him England was right for him.

Midfielder Ramires, now age 23, said: “Gilberto, Julio Baptista and others gave me confidence by insisting I must accept this chance.

“In the end the Chelsea proposition was impossible to reject – not just because of the money but the chance to spend every day at one of the best clubs in the world.

“As a boy in Brazil I watched the Premier League and I remember how Chelsea and Manchester United played such attractive football.

“This summer has been a dream – the Portuguese title with Benfica, the call of Brazil, the World Cup and now the jump into the Premier League.”

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