Brazilian midfielder Ramires has blamed Guus Hiddink's arrival for his sudden departure from Chelsea during the January transfer window this year after six years of service at the club. The midfielder was one of the Blues' key players under Jose Mourinho but followed the Portuguese manager out, in what has been a difficult campaign for the west London club.
Ramires joined Chine Super League side Jiangsu Suning in a £25m ($35.2m) deal at the start of the year and has laid the blame completely on the Dutch manager for not giving him a chance to fight for a place in the first-team. He believes Hiddink was harsh in his treatment of the midfielder, who has played a key role in Chelsea's triumphs in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup in the past.
The Brazil international's last performance for the Blues came in the third round of the FA Cup against Schunthorpe, but was completely ignored in the league since the start of the year. The Dutch manager preferred John Obi Mikel, who had fallen out-of-favour under Mourinho, to partner Nemanja Matic at the heart of the Chelsea midfield and this prompted Ramires to look for a move away from Stamford Bridge.
"One of the big reasons I left Chelsea was the arrival of the new coach. It wasn't just because I had a good relationship with Jose," Ramires said, as quoted by The Sun.
"But when he was in charge, I knew there was a chance of playing and that the fight for a place in the team was always open."
"Yet when Hiddink arrived, he took me out of the side for no reason. I couldn't understand why because I had played well and fought hard for a team that was having difficulties. He didn't like me as a player or my way and decided very rashly that he wasn't going to give me an opportunity to fight for a place in his team," the Brazilian explained.
"Even when I played the full 90 minutes against Scunthorpe, the next match in the Premier League I was not involved. I just sat on the bench the entire game and after that I wasn't even a sub.
"I was a long time out of matches there and I wanted to join in and help a team that was not in a great moment. And it was not easy to watch from the bench and see the team not performing well."
"Hiddink's arrival really complicated things for me and I just don't know why... but I guess that's football. The less you play, the less intimate you are with the game. So I saw that I was really losing myself at Chelsea."
"In fact I had already lost. In the training sessions, I was fighting hard with all my determination, skill and energy — but it doesn't count doing that at Cobham. You have to actually play matches and perform in those. But it was quite clear after the Scunthorpe game that I was not going to get an opportunity to do that," he added.
Ramires, however, made it clear that he has no grudges against the club despite leaving in such unceremonious circumstances, and is hoping that Chelsea get out of their slump and get back into the Champions League sooner rather than later.