Ramires content with role at Chelsea

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Ramires is pleased with the squad depth on show at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian international has struggled to get into the Chelsea first team this season, but he told the London Evening Standard that he is not disappointed with his role in Jose Mourinho’s plans.

The summer arrival of Cesc Fabregas all but negated the need for Ramires in the midfield, with the Spaniard becoming a key player alongside Nemanja Matic. The 27-year-old has also found chances hard to come by in a wide position, and he has registered just 15 appearances this term, including only three Premier League starts.

His last top-flight start was against Liverpool two months ago, but he looks to be on the road to recovery from injury, and he completed the full 90 minutes in the victory over Watford in the FA Cup at the start of January. He may still struggle to get into the starting XI when the Blues have had to deal so rarely with injuries to key players, and he feels as if his absence from the side is actually the best thing about the current Chelsea squad - as it proves the first-team is incredibly strong.

Quoted by the Standard, he said: “It's definitely a good problem to have, when the team has a lot of quality. A team that wants to win competitions and be champions can only gain from knowing that, if you change the players, you see others coming in who you know are not going to lose the momentum.

“The standard isn't going to drop because everyone in the squad has a lot of quality. It's very good for the coach and the squad to have that healthy competition among the players for positions.”

The Blues sit two points clear at the top of the Premier League, and are in the knockout stages of the Champions League, the League Cup semi-finals and the fourth round of the FA Cup, all whilst using a fairly consistent starting XI that has limited the Brazilian’s impact.

Unfortunately for Ramires, this ‘good problem’ has come at his expense in the starting XI, but he will undoubtedly be hoping to work his way back into playing contention following his recovery from injury.

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