Brazilian Ramires has revealed he was forced out of Chelsea as Guus Hiddink’s refused to play him.
The former Chelsea midfielder is now plying his trade in China, after agreeing a lucrative deal with Super League club, Jiangsu Suning. Whilst he is very happy at his new club, Ramires admitted that he felt unhappy at the manner in which his career at Stamford Bridge came to an abrupt end.
The 2012 Champions League winner completed a £25 million move to Jiangsu Suning in the January transfer window; Ramires was one of several big-name Brazilian players who left more established clubs to pursue success in Asia.
Speaking out about his six year tenure at Stamford Bridge, Ramires confirmed rumours that it was interim manager, Guus Hiddink’s lack of respect for the player that convinced him to leave.
“One of the big reasons I left Chelsea was the arrival of the new coach,
“It wasn’t just because I had a good relationship with Jose Mourinho – but when he was in charge, I knew there was a chance of playing and that the fight for a place in the team was always open.”
“When Hiddink arrived, he took me out of the side for no reason.
“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.
“Hiddink’s arrival really complicated things for me and I just don’t know why… but I guess that’s football.”
Despite his conflict with Guus Hiddink, Ramires maintains that he still actively supports Chelsea from overseas.
The dynamic midfielder was a popular fan favourite as a result of his work-ethic and attacking drive – famously scoring a sublime solo-goal against Barcelona in the Champions League to spark one of Chelsea’s most iconic european victories: