Ramires signs new Chelsea contract

Brazil midfielder Ramires has signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea, tying the 24-year-old down at Stamford Bridge until 2017, reports the Guardian.

Ramires, who joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2010, has made 30 appearances for the Blues this season, scoring eight goals. In total, Ramires, who turns 25 later this month, has featured 71 times for Chelsea, finding the net on 10 occasions.

The Guardian add that the news of Ramires’ contract extension will come as a positive boost for Chelsea, who on Sunday sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas after a poor run of form left the club in fifth place, short of the Champions League positions. Ramires played in the 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday that sealed Villas-Boas’ fate. The match was also Ramires’ 50th Premier League appearance for Chelsea.

Ramires began his professional career with small Brazilian outfit Joinville, moving to Cruzeiro in 2007. Spending two years with the side known as the Celestials, Ramires played over 70 games for Cruzeiro before a year with Benfica between 2009 and 2010.

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