Chelsea midfielder Ramires signs new 5-year deal

Brazil midfielder Ramires has signed a new five-year deal with

Chelsea, committing to the Premier League club until 2017.

The 24-year-old Ramires is in his second season at Stamford

Bridge and has scored 10 goals in 71 appearances.

Ramires says ”I am very happy with the support I have playing

for this club so I want to say thank you to Chelsea.”

The contract details were announced Monday, the day after

manager Andre Villas-Boas was fired.

Ramires, whose full name is Ramires Santos Nascimento, joined

Chelsea before the 2010-11 season on a four-year contract from

Benfica for ?22 million (then $29 million).