Ramires says Paulinho convinced him to leave Premier League

Stamford Bridge

The former Chelsea midfielder listened to advice from his compatriot before making the move to the Far East.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho persuaded Ramires to leave Premier League champions Chelsea and move to China, reports PPTV.com.

Former Benfica player Ramires spent six years at Stamford Bridge before making the move to Jiangsu Suning in January this year for a transfer fee of around £25 million.

The box-to-box midfielder won considerable honours during his stay in west London, including a clean-sweep of Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup trophies.

According to the Sun, the 29-year-old fell out of favour under interim boss Gus Hiddink and decided to leave due to the Dutchman’s decision to pull him from the first-team.

Despite rumours of a possible move to Serie A champions Juventus, it was Jiangsu Suning where Ramires eventually ended up following a conversation with former Spurs player Paulinho.

As reported by PPTV.com, Ramires said:“I chose to play for Jiangsu because I spoke a lot to Paulinho, who plays for (fellow Chinese team) Guangzhou Evergrande.

“We met a lot in England, and he spoke very highly about football in China.”

Paulinho had a relatively disappointing spell at White Hart Lane, failing to replicate the form that prompted his big-money move and leaving for a  fresh start in June 2015.

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