Poor Andre Santos really got pulled from pillar to post this Spring.

Chelsea signed him from Vasco de Gama at the start of January, but he was unable to gain a work permit. At the end of the month there was then a scramble to find him a club to be stationed at on loan, and in the end he went back to Vasco where it had all started.

One thing that will really help him get the final points he needs for a UK work visa is an appearance with the Brazil national team, and he’s been called up for the games this week.

It was there that he spoke to reporters about his situation:

“I knew I had some chances of not playing [for Chelsea],” the powerful midfielder was quoted as saying in the Evening Standard.

“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.”

After a brilliant performance at the Under 20 South American Championships for his country, a step up to the senior team seems like it’s just a matter of time, and if it happens in this international break it will mean Santos is able to get his permit in time to join up with Chelsea in the summer for a full preseason.