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Mano explains non-selection of Chelsea star Ramires

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Brazilian midfielder Ramires was not selected by Mano Menezes for the latest Seleção squad and the coach has been explaining why.

Ramires, 25, has inspired Chelsea to the Champions League final, as well as an FA Cup victory, but is not deemed suitable for the Brazilian national team.

Mano said: “Ramires is one of the most selected players for the national team. I need not say much about him because he is not playing in the same position as he would for the Selecão

“At Chelsea, he went through a transformation. With André Villas-Boas he was driving from midfield, but with the arrival of Di Matteo, he has played him wider. In that set-up, they shut-up shop, drop back and track their man.

“Ramires was played in another place, where Elano played the Copa America and the Paulista final, so I have not called him.”

Ramires has not been selected by Brazil since the Copa America, when Robinho, Elano and Andre Santos were also dispensed with.


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