Last updated : 05 December 2004 By Editor

"Like many players coming to England, it is a shock when you see the speed and the physical strength.

"I have a gym at home and I have been spending time on the weights. The club has also got me taking creatine (a protein supplement) to improve my strength.

"When I go home and people say, ‘Is everything OK? Why are you not in the team?’ I tell them that I am very happy. I understand the manager’s position because he has many great players in midfield. I am young (25) and I know it can take one or two seasons to fit in.

"I can go to a club like Newcastle after here but I could never turn down the chance to try Manchester United. Edu had some of the same problems at Arsenal but he told me that I could succeed here if I was relaxed. I think I am ready to show that I have made the adjustment and I am not thinking about playing anywhere else. I just need a few games and not so much bad luck with injuries.

"I can communicate very well with Carlos Queiroz and he tells me that I am a very good player, a good passer and I just need more strength and speed.

"I can show that if I have the opportunity."