Felipe Anderson has now given his first interview to the Brazilian media as a West Ham United player.
Speaking to Globo Esporte this Thursday, the midfielder has spoken about his arrival to the Premier League side and the pressure of being the club’s most expensive signing ever.
“Of course there’s a responsibility, but I face it as motivation and it shows the trust they had in me,” Felipe Anderson told Globo Esporte. “I believe that this pressure will not exist, because I see it as a way of valuing my work. I want to reciprocate on the pitch this trust that they had in me.”
Now in the Premier League, the player believes he will have more chances to play for Brazil. He has only one appearance for the national team so far, as he played seven minutes in a friendly against Mexico in 2015.
“Every player who has the quality and opportunity to be called up is moved by that goal. The national team is on a good path, it’s been coming with a job well done. It’s one of my goals, yes. I know it is difficult, because the Seleção has always played well, there are many quality players, but here I can show my value.”
Regarding the adaptation to the Premier League, Felipe Anderson isn’t expecting any big problems: “As the Italian league is very complicated, very tactical, I think my characteristics will help me to stand out more here, even though the English is more disputed. I think the style of play helps me show more of my potential. I’ll work very hard for this.”
And even though there aren’t any other Brazilians in West Ham’s squad, Felipe Anderson has already found a friend. That’s Fabián Balbuena, the Paraguayan defender who has just moved from Brazilian side Corinthians.
“I already feel at home for the way I am being treated. It is important to feel loved and have teammates who trust your work. Balbuena just got here now too. I ended up getting close to him, because he speaks Portuguese and has lived in Brazil. One has been helping the other, so the friendship has grown a lot.”