Benfica star Anderson Talisca has admitted it was pleasing to hear compliments from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho earlier last month.
The Chelsea manager said earlier this season that Talisca would be playing for a 'big' Premier League club this term if it wasn't for work permit complications.
It was unclear whether Mourinho was revealing Chelsea interest in the attacking midfielder or was in fact referring to a rival Premier League club.
Hazard like Messi
Mourinho went on to say that 'several English teams' wanted the Brazilian over the summer, with some keen to stash him abroad in an effort to wait until he qualifies for a work permit.
And Talisca told Brazilian news organisation Globo Esportes that he is proud of the praise from a high profile manager like Mourinho.
Praise from the Premier League
"I was happy because this is due to the work I'm doing," Talisca said. "The two coaches [Mourinho and Benfica boss Jorge Jesus] are high quality and I only have to thank them.
"I know these things happen because I'm doing well and doing the right things."
Currently with the Brazilian Olympic team, Talisca went on to say that he's focussed on keeping level-headed and working hard to make an impact before considering a step up to the full national team side.
"I'm doing my job and want to continue to do it step by step," Talisca continued. "In life everything has its time. Now I'm focussed on the Olympic team and I know to get to the main selection depends on the work you do here."
The 20-year-old playmaker made a flying start to his season, scoring six in seven games and Benfica reportedly inserted an £18m buyout clause into his contract after signing him for just £3m in the summer.
Liverpool and Arsenal have watched him in action at least four times, and clearly Mourinho is a fan of the midfielder. Perhaps the next step will be to the Premier League.
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