Andreas Pereira is loving life at Fulham having finally established himself as a Premier League regular and the Brazilian believes the Whites can ‘dream big’ after a fantastic five months back in the top flight.

The attacking midfielder is relishing playing in the number ten role under Marco Silva and Craven Cottage and is enjoying playing in squad packed with what he calls ‘unbelievable quality.’ In a great interview with The Sun’s Dave Kidd, the 27 year old said:

“I knew I needed to move permanently last summer, to start from scratch and build something. When Marco called me, he said it was ‘a great opportunity for you to show people who you really are’.”

Ahead of tonight’s capital clash with Tottenham Hotspur, Pereira recognises just how important winning the SW6 derby for the first time in seventeen years was.

“It was a very special night. Marco said the last time Fulham won the derby, Boa scored the winner. They showed us the video. To win will make the rivalry stronger. Now Chelsea have to look over their shoulders.”

Pereira is particularly pleased to be working under Silva, who has dispelled any doubts about his own ability to manage in the top flight after spells with Hull, Watford and Everton.

“We all know we have unbelievable quality. The manager put us together and believed in us. This is the most important thing. The confidence he gives to me is out of this world. That’s why everyone is playing so well. Sometimes that’s all that a player needs. I was needing this a bit more at United. I’ve never had a coach who explains every single thing that can happen on the pitch. I love working for him.”

The Brazilian international is keen to finish off Fulham’s fine campaign properly.

“We did the first half of the season really well but the most difficult part is now because opponents know how we play. It’s not like ‘Ah, Fulham’ — now they are prepared and take more care. I know it’s going to be harder now but I also know with the qualities we have, we can dream big.”