Gabriel Jesus has said that he is surprised by how quickly he has settled into life at Manchester City.
The 19-year-old international moved to the Etihad Stadium from Palmeiras last month and has already found the net for his new side. It has been a dream start – one that has gone better than he could have hoped.
“I have to say it's going much better than I expected,” he said. “When I spoke to some players that had already played in the Premier League, they said it was going to be very difficult but I put in my head that by working hard, you can achieve your goals.
“That's what I did and what I always do. I came, I worked hard every day and tried to make my day matter. That makes me really happy. I am a bit surprised about my beginning here, but for the work I have done that's what I expected.
“Everything is going perfectly. The welcome of the club, the welcome of the fans... I can tell our fans are really cheerful, happy – always supporting us. That's very important.”
He has also revealed that manager Pep Guardiola had an “important” influence on his decision to move to England.
“When I took the decision to join City, Pep Guardiola's call was very important. He called me, spoke to me about the project and explained that I was going to be an important part of it,” he said.
“He's crazy about football, like me. Twenty-four hours a day! When I'm not training or playing, I'm watching football or watching something football related on my phone, or about our next rival.
“We have that thing in common. I play football video games too. He's a good guy. For the short time I've been here I've realised he's a really good guy. He deserves everything he has won in his career.
“He showed his interest in having me here – that I was going to come here to help; that he was counting on me. I was very happy and that was when I decided to join Manchester City.”
Jesus will hope to be involved when City tackle Swansea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.