Ghanaian midfielder Hamza Elias says heâ€™s adapting to life well at Canadian side Ottawa Fury.
Coach Dos Santos has described the talented 20-year-old as â€˜a projectâ€™ because of his natural talent and youth.
He found him through a friend who scouts for Chelsea, fully recognizing that it could take some time for Elias to adapt to a different style of game and a dramatically different culture.
â€œIt is very different from Ghana, especially the weather,â€ said Elias, who had never been out of his country before taking the whirlwind series of flights from Â Ghanaâ€™s capital, Accra, to Frankfurt, then Toronto, then Ottawa in March.
â€œThis is the first time in this kind of weather. I have to learn with every situation, but Iâ€™m very happy to be here.
â€œI knew (Canada) was very good country to be in, a very peaceful country. I always wanted to come here when I was a child.â€
â€œI know how to dress for the snow,â€ he said, smiling. â€œIt is first time seeing snow, but itâ€™s a good experience for me. You have to be happy with every situation you are in.
"I like everything here. Soon, I will be used to it here. If you are a footballer, you meet all of these people.
"You come to (new) countries and maybe you canâ€™t speak English (perfectly), but you listen. And the football language is the same. Itâ€™s okay. Iâ€™m ready to work.â€