Alex happy with Hiddink appointment
The Brazilian had found himself drifting in and out of the Blues's starting XI under previous boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, often losing out to fellow centre-backs John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho and Branislav Ivanovic, but he now hopes his former mentor Hiddink will play him on a more regular basis.
"Obviously as a player, you always want to be playing, and I was on the bench," he said. "I mentioned that I wasn't very happy because I was on the bench, but I never said that I wanted to leave.
"People perceived that because I wasn't happy that I wanted to leave, but that was not the case. Now, I am playing quite well, I am getting back into the team, and that's it really.
"Of course you never know what will happen in the future, because in football everything changes. But I am very happy to be playing at the moment and I hope it can continue.
"When you are not playing you can feel a bit down but at the moment I am playing well and will continue to do so. The most important thing is to keep working hard, because if you find yourself on the bench and the coach needs you, you have to be ready."
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