Chelsea star: 'I would sign Matic on January 1'

Chelsea midfielder Ramires believes that Chelsea needs to bring a former Blues midfielder back to Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea haven't been as impressive as they were during his first spell in West London, but they are grinding out results and sit just two points behind leaders Arsenal in the Premier League table. Most of their issues this season have come from a goalshy strikeforce, with Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and summer signing Samuel Eto'o contributing just five league goals between them so far.

Yet despite being linked with a host of strikers who could inject some much needed goals into Mourinho's side – such as Diego Costa, Jackson Martinez and even Robert Lewandowski - it seems that the former FC Porto and Real Madrid boss has instead set his sights on another central midfielder, with Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin reportedly lined up for a £15m switch to Stamford Bridge.

But Brazilian Ramires, who has himself been linked with a move away from the club to Real Madrid, wants Mourinho to ignore the Colombian international and instead bring back a player who Chelsea sold to Benfica as part of the deal that saw David Luiz arrive – Nemanja Matic.

Matic arrived at Stamford Bridge from Slovakian side Kosice in 2009, long after Mourinho had departed the club. However, the Serbian international made just three appearances for Chelsea, though he did spend a season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse. With first team opportunities hard to come by, Matic was used as a makeweight in the David Luiz deal, and has been a star for the Portuguese side ever since.

And now, with rumours intensifying of a financial crisis at Benfica, Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move to bring Matic back to the club, and former Benfica man Ramires has supported the suggestion, insisting that 24 year old would be a great addition to Mourinho's squad.

'If it depends on me then I would sign Matic on January 1. I’m convinced with him in the team, he would help us our obtain our objectives', Ramires said.

Matic has a €45m buyout clause in his contract, which would almost certainly have warded Chelsea off pursuing his signature, but with Benfica's financial situation thuoght to be worsening, Mourinho and the Blues could pick up a bargain, with a speculated £10m move for both Matic and his compatriot Lazar Markovic in the pipeline.

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