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In the last couple of years the Chinese Super League has snapped up a lot of Europe's top talent for a lot of money and we rarely hear what happens to them after. For Ramires it's suspiciously nothing at the moment.
Despite its wealth, size and huge population China has hardly become a power in football and the country has only once qualified for a World Cup, in 2002 when qualification would have been easier with Japan and South Korea qualified as hosts.
Yet in the last couple of years the country has become a major player when it comes to transfers with the Chinese Super League throwing a lot of money and trying to sign some of the best players in the world.
After they've gone to the Far East we were rather forgetting about them but then Paulinho went to Barcelona and Carlos Tevez went back to Boca Juniors and suddenly we were aware of them again.
Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires moved to China in January 2016 for around £25 million to join Jiangsu Suning and whilst his first two seasons there were fine things aren't going well now.
11 games into the 2018 CSL season and Ramires is yet to play a single minute of league football:
Ramires, the ex-Chelsea midfielder who plays for Jiangsu Suning, has not played a single minute in CSL this season. According to sources in Italy, Ramires is negotiating with the club to try to join Inter Milan owned by Suning Group. Without him Jiangsu ranks 4th in CSL so far. pic.twitter.com/m50ECsWCqU- Titan Sports Plus (@titan_plus) May 31, 2018
Ramires is fit and on a reported £200k-a-week, not bad for a decent midfielder, but he's not being picked by his manager at all, apart from a game in the cup last month against Tianjin Quanjian.
Earlier this year the 31 year old hinted at a return to Europe with Inter Milan, saying, "It's not all down to me, but I'd be very happy to return to Europe. I hope an agreement can be reached with Inter.
"It would be a great moment for me and my family. I'll be ready, if it does happen.
With the former Benfica man playing so little football this season he will surely be the next player to return to Europe.
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