Chelsea’s interim manager, Guus Hiddink, has had his say on Ramires’ transfer to Chinese Super League side, Jiangsu Suning.
The Brazilian international completed a move to the backwater of world football on Wednesday in a deal worth £25m – as Chinese sides continue to flex their financial muscle.
Ramires leaves Stamford Bridge after five-and-a-half-years, despite penning a new long-term deal just a matter of a few months ago.
But interim manager Hiddink described the transfer as “beautiful” when asked about it in his pre-match press conference.
“First we must pay tribute because he had very good performances in the past in this club with important contributions.
“And he is 29 and having this huge offer from a club in China and the club talked about that (and decided they) would give him this (contract) what he can get in China.
“Also regarding his career in Chelsea, he was not playing frequently.
“He was playing but the club had the attitude and it’s to be rewarded to give him this beautiful transfer.”
Ramires joins Asamoah Gyan, Tim Cahill, Demba Ba, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Paulinho and Robinho as part of the former Premier League contingent currently playing in the Asian country.