West Ham United new boy Felipe Anderson admits he spoke with Chelsea star and compatriot Willian before making his move to the club.
Anderson signed for a club-record fee from Lazio this summer, a move that has filled fans with a new sense of optimism as they head into the new season.
He has been impressive since making his move to the club, scoring during the Hammers’ 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town on Sunday.
And the South American star has revealed Blues star Willian played a key role in him making the transfer, by explaining that he has improved as a player himself since making his move to the club in 2013.
“I’m ready for all challenges,” Anderson told the Mirror. “I can accept what being a record signing means to West Ham fans and the opposition – but it excites me.
“In Italy, it was more about the technical side of the game. Here, I understand it is faster and tougher. But I spoke to my great friend Willian and he urged me to come here and enjoy what the Premier League has to offer.
“He said it has made him a better player. I tried to mould my game when I was young on Kaka because of his technical ability, his speed and his improvisation. Now I like to watch Neymar because of the way he dribbles and how he just attacks the opponents. Also Willian.
“I take the best of what they offer and try and implement them into my game. The pressure of the fee does not bother me. It’s a big responsibility because it shows the club believe in me.
“I was at Santos with a number of big players and I’ve played in big clubs. I have heard about Bobby Moore, Di Canio, Tevez and many more here at West Ham. I want to be like them.
“I’m fast and I’m going to use my intelligence and listen to what the manager says. I will work hard.”
Hammers fans will still be in disbelief over the fact they have made such a marquee signing this summer. Anderson seems like he could make as much of an impact as Payet next season, let’s hope so!