"I thought I would be staying with Benfica but I put my trust in God, and in the end it was okay and I had the opportunity to come to Chelsea. I'm very happy here now with the players and all the people, so everything was okay, but it was very hard." The defender is something of a veteran of the last-minute deal, having experienced something similar when first coming to Europe in 2008.
"I arrived on the 31st and nobody recognised me, I was very skinny and didn't have a jacket for the European weather. In the end everything went well and I signed a loan contract for six months. In that time I showed what I was capable of doing and signed another contract, so it was all worth it."