Busy week on the Palmeiras’ midfield. Tuesday, a 2-year extension of Felipe Melo’s contract was announced, now running until end of 2021. Currently a central piece in Scolari’s lineup, there is no telling in what conditions the 36-year-old defensive midfielder will be in a year or two, but clearly, Palmeiras thought it worth risking. At Anything Palmeiras, we tend to agree.
The second bomb was dropped today, as the Big Green announced the signing of Ramires, available after having left Jiangsu Suning. The 32-year-old has an impressive CV, which includes two World Cup editions (2010 and 2014) in addition to some very successful seasons at Benfica and Chelsea, including domestic league titles and a Champions League.
On social media, Ramires earlier today expressed his excitement. “I’m very happy to arrive at Palmeiras, today, no doubt, one of the best structured clubs in the world! From me, you can expect the same fighting spirit and dedication that has been present always in my style of play and when faced with challenges. We stand together! Avanti Palestra!”
Ramires should prove an excellent contribution to the Palmeiras squad: he’s a transitions specialist, carries the ball with speed and distributes it well, in addition to frequently appear as a surprise element inside the box to conclude. Seasoned and stable, he will provide further density to an already strong midfield, giving Scolari options in the second half of the season, when Palmeiras must fight fatigue in the simultaneous run for three titles: Brasileirão, Brazil Cup and Libertadores.
Welcome and best of luck, Ramires! Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!