Ramires settling in with Blues

December 16, 2010

The 23-year-old, a £17million summer acquisition from Benfica, has become a regular in the first team after regaining full fitness. While he is still adapting to life in London, the midfielder believes he is adapting more now and the best is yet to come. Speaking through an interpreter, the Brazilian told the club's official website: "With the language, I am still taking lessons to try and improve my English because obviously I want to be more chatty with the rest of the people here and want people to know more about me, so obviously it is hard sometimes. "You don't always understand what you are being told and it is hard for me to express myself, but I am enjoying the lessons and my English is getting better all the time. "As for life in London, I am settling, I have my family here with me and I am happy, so things are going well and I look forward to fulfilling my contract with Chelsea." Ramires feels he is improving on the pitch and hopes his display against Spurs - where he won a late penalty in the 1-1 draw - will lead to better games. He said: "I feel good, I feel better all the time and I think I am more adapted than I was before, and starting to show the football I played at my previous clubs. "I am working harder and harder to show that I am more at home in England. "For me, the best game was against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in October, and away to Newcastle, but this game against Tottenham I felt more adapted to the English game. "I have been working hard for it and I hope now it leads to much better games." The Brazilian added he is not surprised by the speed or physicality of the Premier League and is being helped to adapt by the intensity of the Blues' training sessions. "It is everything I expected," he said. "I came prepared for the speed and the strength of the Premier League and what I find is that the training sessions at Chelsea are as intense as the matches, so the matches are exactly as I thought they would be. "Training here is even better, I like the fact that training is intense because that way you prepare for matches as you should do. "In previous clubs training was never so intense, but I pushed myself harder so that physically, tactically, I was always ready to play." While Ramires won the late penalty which Didier Drogba failed to convert in the draw with Spurs, he does not want individual plaudits, rather he thinks of the team. He said: "I never see myself as a hero, and Didier is no villain for missing the penalty. "It is a team game so these things are not individual things. I don't come into games believing I could be a hero, I am just there to help the team and the team showed a lot of character and determination in the game. "I think we deserved more than we got from that game but now we have to look forward, train hard and make sure we get the results that we want."