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Did you learn how to play football in the street?"I learnt the game in the streets and when I was eight years old, I joined Deportivo Municipal. When I was thirteen, I made a move to Alianza Lima and I signed a professional contract with them as a 16-year-old in 2001."And then you did well!"I spent three years at Alianza Lima. We were second in the table in my first year and then we won two titles in a row. I scored a lot of goals, but I didn’t have a bright start. The then trainer didn’t really believe in me. But then another coach was appointed and he was willing to take a chance on me. He granted me a place in the starting line up. I didn’t score that many goals in my first year, but I performed far better in my second year and regularly managed to find the net. I scored 13 goals as Alianza regained the Primera División title. I had a great season."And then the scouts came along?"I first came to the attention of scouts at the South American Under-20 tournament in Peru, but they were mainly South American scouts. Two years later, when we played a Copa Libertadores tie against the Chilean club Cobreloa, I was told PSV were interested in me. After reported interest from Chelsea FC and some other clubs, I signed a four-year contract with PSV, because I felt that PSV are the right club for me. Just think of what some great South American players, like Romario and Ronaldo did at the start of their career."What would you like to achieve at PSV?"I want to succeed as a professional football player. I want to do well at training, work hard and play lots of games. I want to win trophies, in particular the Dutch title. Becoming champions is just important in Holland as it is in Peru. It would be wonderful if we could win the title this season. The Champions League is a different competition and I think it is far tougher campaign. But we are a strong side and can progress in Europe. I have no idea what I’ll be doing in a few years. That’s all in the future. I want to perform well here and then try to draw the attention from Spanish or Italian clubs by then."Do you know any other Dutch clubs?"I watched Feyenoord on TV and we have already met Ajax. They are good clubs and have good players. I’m afraid I don’t know much about the other Dutch clubs, but I have noticed that the Dutch league is very competitive. It’s amazing to find out what tactics some clubs apply when they travel to Eindhoven. Every club includes at least one striker, sometimes even two in their starting line-up. That would me impossible in our country. When a club played an away game against Alianza Lima, they would field only defenders and hardly ever move forward to our penalty area. That’s why I am here. The Dutch league offers forwards more space. That made it easy for me to opt for Holland.""What can the fans expect of you?"I want to give my all to the club. I want my team mates and fans to have a good time and I will always do my utmost to reach my goals. The goals that the fans have set are mine: I want to win trophies as well. It’s important that the supporters back the team. It gives us a feeling of security. Therefore I approach a home game differently to an away game. The difference is, obviously, that at home the supporters will be behind you. On the pitch it is the same: twenty-players and a ball, but the supporters can make it clear that this is Eindhoven and this is our house."Have you heard fans chanting your name?"You bet I have! Actually I hadn’t expected them to be so enthusiastic that soon. But it is certainly a great boost for me to hear them chanting my name after I’ve been here for just a few months!" TEN QUICKIES1. Will you start many games this season?"I’ll do my best to become a regular key player."2. Are you going to score more than ten goals?"I sincerely hope so!"3. Are you going to deliver some of your pin point long-range shots?"You can be sure of that! I will certainly take my chance and fire some long-distance shots on target."4. What about the weather in Holland?"It can be funny. The weather can change a few times on one and the same day."5. What about Dutch food?"Dutch food is fine and there are plenty of South American restaurants over here."6. What are the first Dutch words you have learnt?"Dank u wel!" (which stands for: thank you very much.)7. What is your favourite club abroad?"Barcelona"8. Who is your favourite football player?"Ronaldo"9. PSV will travel to Feyenoord on 12 December. Would you like to make a prediction?"We’ll claim a win. 0-1 would be fine." (We now know that Feyenoord scored a late gasp equalizer to snatch a 3-3 draw)10. Will PSV win the Dutch title?"Yes, Sir!!"