I-League Exclusive: Eder Monteiro - The key is to adapt quickly

Salgaocar's new recruit opened up to Goal about the welcome he received and what he hopes to achieve with the club this season.

Salgaocar FC have signed Eder Monteiro in an attempt to bolster their defence following a dismal start to the I-League campaign. The defender featured in the Indian Super League (ISL) for Chennaiyin FC and believes his experience will enable him to hit the ground running. 

Because I heard  a lot of good things about the club when I was contacted, that for me was a joy & it also gives me the opportunity to return to a country that brings back good memories for me .

 "I already have experience playing in countries with different styles and structures and I believe that the most important thing is to detect these differences and adapt as quickly as possible. When you do this, you are in a better position to achieve success wherever you play," the Brazilian told Goal.

The ISL 2015 winner also pointed out that the presence of his Chennaiyin FC team mates in the Goan outfit will help him settle in.

"I already know Karanjit (Singh) and Gilbert (Oliveira) who were my team mates in the Chennaiyin franchise of the ISL. This made me very happy and thus makes my transition to this team easier," he said.

Despite Salgaocar's poor start, Eder is optimistic that the season can be salvaged but stopped short of discussing the team's title ambitions.

"I've always believed that when you work hard  and seriously; success is close. So I think we have a chance to do good things in this competition. Before thinking about the title, we need to change; step by step our position in the table," the centre-back explained.

Eder was pleased with the welcome he received from the rest of the squad and is keen to get to work.

"Before I arrived in Goa, the team had already left to play two away-matches. However, when I met the coach and players, all of them welcomed me in the best possible way and hopefully I will be able to help them so that together we can achieve our goals," he concluded.