Andreas Pereira has told the Guardian this afternoon that he ‘feels free’ at Fulham and is grateful to the Whites for giving him the opportunity to thrive in the Premier League.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder has three goals and six assists to his name so far this season and has starred as Marco Silva’s playmaker since leaving Manchester United in the summer. Pereira is enjoying his football at Craven Cottage after rediscovering his verve on loan at Flamengo last year having not been trusted with a regular starting place during his time at Old Trafford.

“I knew the team did very well in the Championship. It was perfect. The way he [Silva] plays is the exact same way I think about football. Pressing, scoring a lot of goals, taking risks. Defensively you have to be disciplined too. But I feel free. It’s the mentality the manager gives us. It’s in the group. That’s the main thing in the Premier League – nobody likes to play a team that never surrenders.”

Pereira cites the smash and grab win on the south coast at Brighton last Saturday as an example of the belief that Silva has imbued in the newly-promoted side.

“One chance pops up and Solomon finished it. We can play better. But we were fighting for every yard; fighting for the player next to you.”