Brazil debutant ‘living the dream’ names two Chelsea stars he can’t wait to play alongside

Will Ford

Chelsea starlet Andrey Santos has named the two Blues players he can’t wait to play alongside at Stamford Bridge.

Santos joined Chelsea in January for £18m but was loaned back to Vasco de Gama until the end of the season having been denied a work permit.

Having captained the Brazil under-20s to the South American Youth Championship in February, scoring the opening goal in the final, Santos was handed his first full senior cap for Brazil in their 2-1 defeat to Morocco on Friday.

Asked how he’s settled in, Santos said: “I feel at home, they welcomed me very well. Being at Casemiro’s side, at the side of an idol, is a dream for me.

“I’m living a dream, and it’s helping me a lot. And I hope to be able to reciprocate his help on the field and the experience he gave me too.

“It is an incredible experience. A dream come true, I’m very happy.”

Santos was also asked about his future at Chelsea and says he can’t wait to get started in the Premier League.

He added: “I knew I had some chances of not playing [for Chelsea].

“I was confident, but unfortunately I didn’t make it. Life goes on. To be honest, I didn’t know [the requirements] I needed.

“As far as I know, I need to play in Serie A and I need to go to the Under-20s World Cup. I’m pretty calm. I’m doing my best at my club to achieve my goals.

“Since I was a kid it has always been my dream to play in the Premier League and for a European giant like Chelsea, so I’m always following and watching the games and cheering a lot.

“I think I always play with Chelsea [in video games]. My teammates always tease me, my brother-in-law teases me, and I put myself on the team too!”

Asked about which Chelsea stars he’s most most looking forward to playing with, he replied: “It’s hard to say, but I like Thiago Silva a lot, he’s a reference for me. Enzo Fernandez is also a great player. I hope to play alongside him.”

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