Ramires has explained his decision to quit Chelsea for the Chinese Super League in January.

The Brazilian midfielder joined Jiangsu Suning in a shock £25million deal after spending six trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge.

The move came despite Ramires making 21 appearances for the Blues this term with interim boss Guus Hiddink stating he deserved the “beautiful transfer”.

But Ramires has hit back and admitted he left west London because he felt Hiddink didn’t rate him.

“One of the big reasons I left Chelsea was the arrival of the new coach,” he said.

Ramires is greeted by Jiangsu Suning fans as he arrives at Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Welcome: Ramires is greeted by Jiangsu Suning fans as he arrives in China

“He didn’t like me as a player or my way and decided very rashly that he wasn’t going to give me an opportunity to fight for a place in his team.

“I was a long time out of matches there and I wanted to join in and help a team that was not in a great moment.

“Hiddink’s arrival really complicated things for me and I just don’t know why… but I guess that’s football.”

During his time at Stamford Bridge, Ramires helped Chelsea win the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup – and insists the club remains close to his heart.

“I am a Chelsea supporter and want the club to get back into the Champions League as quickly as possible because that is where they belong.

“I’ve only thankful things to say about Chelsea because they made me who I am today — the name I have in football and a style that people like me for.”

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