Eight-time Brazil international Ganso was unveiled as an Amiens player on Friday and revealed that his good friend Neymar has already wished him luck with the transfer.
The 28-year-old arrives in France after a difficult spell in Sevilla, where he featured rarely. Given the opportunity to impress on loan in Ligue 1, he is eager to prosper.
Having been out of the spotlight since moving to Europe in 2016, his top priority was to earn game time at the top level, and with players such as Neymar around, he is confident he is in the right place.
“I spoke with him after I signed for Amiens and he’s wished me good luck,” he said of the former Barcelona star, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain last summer after his €222 million (£200m/$263m) release clause was triggered.
“What guided me here was the opportunity to play, to know that I can play in a strong league and in a calm atmosphere.
“I was sad in Seville, I did not play a lot. I’m coming here to do my best.
“As far as the Brazilian national team is concerned, it’s still a goal, but my priority is to play in Amiens.”
Already, the former Santos player feels at home and particularly appreciates the quaint surroundings of the small French town.
“From my first day here, I’ve felt at home. I know that at Amiens, I’m going into a family,” he said.
“There are people here who will allow me to grow on and off the field.
“I think that this league is good for my style of play. I know that it will be difficult, but I think that I can use my technique and my qualities to adapt.”
Ganso hopes to debut against Lille on September 15, while he could face old friend Neymar on October 20.