NEWS
Saturday January 13 2018
Julio Cesar: ‘Ramires an animal’

Former Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar describes perspective new Nerazzurri signing Ramires as ‘an animal in a good sense.’

The San Siro club are believed to be close to securing a deal to bring in the former Chelsea midfielder, who currently plays for sister club Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League.

And Cesar, who has played with Ramires while on international duty with Brazil, believes the 30-year-old will prove a valuable addition to Luciano Spalletti’s squad.

“He’s an animal, in a good sense,” free-agent Cesar said.

“It’s been a while since I saw him play, but the midfielder I remember was always there and you’d find him anywhere because he never got tired.

“In our national team he was the player who ran the most, at least 11 or 12 kilometres per match.”

The shot-stopper was asked whether he believes Ramires, who has spent two years in China, headed to the Far East too early on in his career.

“Maybe he did, but we are saying that now with hindsight.

“What matters is the moment at which you make the decision and nobody knows what was in Ramires’ head or life at that time.

“But if he’s coming back to Europe now, it definitely shows that he has something more to give – something that can help Inter.”

Cesar, an Inter player for seven years, added that the Nerazzurri must think about securing Champions League qualification before a Scudetto challenge is possible.

“Inter need to think about getting back into the Champions League, that’s what I’m hoping for.

“There is time for the Scudetto, playing in the Champions League is the launchpad for everything.”

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