Andrey Santos speaks out on Chelsea work permit issue and next steps ahead of potential Brazil debut

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New Chelsea signing Andrey Santos has vowed to earn a work permit to play for Chelsea by impressing for the Brazilian national team.

After being called up for Saturday’s friendly with Morocco, the 18-year-old midfielder is hoping to make his debut in Tangier.

Santos won his place in the squad through his performances with Vasco da Gama, where he is on loan having initially left to join Chelsea in January before being denied his visa to play in England.

When asked about the situation during Brazil’s camp, he told reporters: “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.”

Santos captained the Brazil U20s team that won the South American Championships earlier this year but before the summer’s World Cup, he is out to make his mark on the senior side.

He continued: “It is an incredible experience. A dream come true, I'm very happy.

“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.”