Arsenal youngster Wellington Silva insists that he still has his heart set on a career in England, but admits that he has to stay focused on doing well for Alcoyano in the Spanish second tier if he is to impress Arsene Wenger.
The Brazilian teenager was signed by the Gunners in January 2011 from homeland side Fluminense having impressed at the under-17 World Cup in 2009, but has since spent two spells in Spain having not secured a work permit to stay in the UK.
Loaned to Levante in the second half of last season, the attacker returned to the Valencia-based club for the 2011/12 campaign but has since dropped a division to play for Alcoyano after rumours of disciplinary problems.
Speaking to Transfermarkt.co.uk about his future, the 19-year-old spoke openly about his progress in the last 18 months.
“I am working hard to prove that I am able to play for Arsenal´s first team. That is my goal.
“I am an Arsenal player and I wish to play for the first team there. At the moment I am only focused to help Alcoyano though, to finish the season in a good position.”
Touching on his time at Levante, Wellington made clear he enjoyed his spell despite not garnering many first team minutes. Indeed, ignoring suggestions that he was forced out due to poor behaviour he stressed:
“During the time I spent at Levante I was very professional and did my job properly, always training hard and being ready for the team. For that reason the manager decided to stick to the same team and I wasn´t first choice.
“It was a great experience for me. I learnt a lot there. Levante is a great team.”
Having briefly featured for the Arsenal Reserves before having a work permit application rejected, Wellington admitted that it was frustrating being so close to the Gunners first team set-up while knowing he had little chance of being involved.
“It was very difficult. It feels like something is really close and really far at the same time. I hope soon in the future Arsenal can sort it out and I am sure I will make Arsenal fans and the club very happy with my football.
“Arsenal have a scout who follows all my games and reports to Mr. Wenger. The football director is in contact with me regularly.”
While Wellington may have to wait for a chance to shine in the Premier League, the youngster hasn’t given up hope on taking London by storm in the near future. With one eye on the 2012 Olympics in the summer, the left-winger maintained that he is in with a shout of selection for Brazil.
“The Brazilian national team is still my dream. I am hoping to get a call soon and want to play at the Olympic Games in London this year.”