Ramires backs change under Villas-Boas

Ramires has hinted at change within Chelsea by stating that the elder Blues players must accept the fact that time catches up with everyone, according to The Sunday People.

The Brazilian midfielder signed for Chelsea 18 months ago for £19.8m from Benfica and has emerged as a consistent performer in the club. At 24, Ramires is one of the new breed of Chelsea players coming into Stamford Bridge and earning first-team places. Experienced names such as Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, John Terry and Ashley Cole have provided the foundation for much of Chelsea’s success over the past decade.

All four of those players are now the wrong side of 30 and Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has already started phasing out the old guard. Drogba and Lampard’s future are currently up for discussion with Terry and Cole reaching retirement. Ramires believes that he will one day have to adapt to an influx of young players and it’s a fabric of life.

The Brazilian said: ‘You can’t stop time. I’m 24, but I’ll soon be 30 and younger players will arrive. I will also have to adapt. It’s what happened at Chelsea; the older players help with their experience, we learn and the club grows. Andre is trying to put his ideas in practice. We have to have an open mind towards new ways of working. Andre is playing an important role and the players know it’.

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