- Midfielder had only featured once for the Blues since the turn of the year
- Ramires joined Chelsea from Benfica for £18million in the summer of 2010
Chelsea midfielder Ramires has joined Chinese side Jiangsu Suning on a permanent basis, the Premier League club have announced.
The Blues paid £18million for Ramires in 2010, and he signed a new four-year deal in October.
But the Brazilian, 28, has not started in the Premier League since the 2-1 defeat by Leicester City on December 14 and moves to China in a £25m deal.
Chelsea midfielder Ramires has joined Chinese side Jiangsu Suning on a permanent basis
The Blues midfielder (left) only signed a new long-term deal at Stamford Bridge in October
Joinville (2006) – 14 apps 3 goals
Cruzeiro (2007-09) – 85 apps 16 goals
Benfica (2009-10) – 42 apps 5 goals
Chelsea (2010-2016) 242 apps 37 goals
Brazil (2009-) – 52 apps 4 goals
He had attracted interest from European heavyweights including Bayern Munich and PSG but the Chinese outfit have won the race.
Ramires joins a growing list of Brazilians plying their trade in China, including former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, under ex-Blues boss Felipe Scolari.
And he will be managed by former Chelsea midfielder Dan Petrescu, who has been in charge of Jiangsu since last July.
Ramires (rigth) has struggled for game-time since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December
Ramires’ last Premier League appearance came in Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United last month
RAMIRES’ CHELSEA HONOURS
Premier League – 2014-15
FA Cup – 2011-12
League Cup – 2014-15
Champions League – 2011-12
Europa League – 2012-13
The Blues are rebuilding for the future, freeing up cash to spend on new talent after their woeful title defence this season culminated in manager Jose Mourinho being sacked.
Papy Djilobodji has already been allowed to leave Stamford Bridge on loan and Loic Remy could join him, if the club find a replacement.
Alexandre Pato will join from Brazilian side Corinthians in a bid for more firepower as the club, under Guus Hiddink, attempt to salvage what they can from their domestic campaign.
Pato scored 63 goals in 150 games during six years at AC Milan where he lifted the Serie A title in 2011, before returning to Brazil three years ago.
Ramires (left) joined Chelsea from Portuguese side Benfica for around £18million in the summer of 2010
Blues fans will remember this brilliant lob over Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes at the Nou Camp in 2012
The Brazilian won every major trophy possible – including the Champions League – during his time at Chelsea
Source: Daily Mail