AVB plans to tie down Ramires

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RAMIRES is close to sign­ing a con­tract ex­ten­sion that would tie him to Chelsea un­til 2017.

The Brazil­ian’s cur­rent deal still has more than two years left to run but the Blues see the 24-yearold mid­field hard man as part of their long-term plans.

Ramires, who joined from Ben­fica at the start of last sea­son in an £18mil­lion deal, has been one of An­dre Vil­las-boas’ stand­out play­ers, scor­ing eight goals and giv­ing his side real pen­e­tra­tion with his driv­ing runs.

In an area that has of­ten been ro­tated by AVB, the South Amer­i­can has started more matches this term than any of his mid­field team-mates.

He made his re­turn from three weeks out with a knee in­jury in Satur­day’s 1-1 FA Cup draw with Birm­ing­ham.

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