Alex won a second straight Dutch league championship in the —06 season with PSV. Chelsea did not recall Alex, even though Piet de Visser and Chelsea Head of Scouting Frank Arnesen recommended that Alex be brought over to solve the club's defensive problems.
Alex scored in a UEFA Champions League first knockout round against Arsenal for both teams in the second half, turning in an own goal past his own goalkeeper Heurelho Gomesbut compensating for it with a storming headed goal with eight minutes left to play to redeem himself and in the process ensure PSV a place in the quarter-finals.
In an interview with Dutch newspaper De TelegraafAlex confirmed that Chelsea were in the process of getting him a work permit and that the possibilities of him joining Chelsea next season were very high. Alex was granted a work Alex Costa - Hey / Time Flies (File on 2 Augustand completed his transfer to Chelsea after agreeing to personal terms and passing a medical, where he then signed a three-year deal with the London club.
He made his debut on 19 August when he came on as a substitute for Florent Malouda against Liverpool in the 85th minute, with the teams tied at 1—1. Alex scored his first goal for Chelsea on 20 Octobera yard free kick against Middlesbrough.
Alex enjoyed his longest spell in the first team during the —09 season. He was given his chance due to regular starter Ricardo Carvalho being injured for long periods of the campaign.
In the Champions League quarter-finals second leg at Stamford Bridge against LiverpoolAlex scored a free-kick from 30 yards out to level the score at 2—2. The game eventually ended 4—4 and Chelsea won 7—5 on aggregate,  but Chelsea were infamously eliminated by Barcelona in the semi-finals. Alex played his first pre-season match against A. Milan in the World Football Challenge. On 13 OctoberAlex signed a new four-year contract with Chelseakeeping him at Stamford Bridge until the summer of Alex missed the start of the season, having sustained a groin injury on 15 August He made his first Premier League start of MP3) season against Portsmouth on 16 December MP3) On 13 Marchhe scored his first goal of the season at Stamford Bridge giving Chelsea the lead in a 4—1 league win over West Ham United.
In light of Ricardo Carvalho's departure to Real MadridAlex started the —11 season as first choice centre back for Chelsea, alongside John Terry. On 3 Octoberhe scored a yard freekick in a 2—0 victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. On 5 October, he was ruled out for up to three weeks after picking up a thigh injury in the final stages of Sunday's 2—0 win over Arsenal, and subsequently withdrew from the Brazil squad for the friendly matches against Iranand Ukraine.
On 1 DecemberAlex suffered a knee injury and was out of action about 3 months. While rehabilitation on his injury, Manager Carlo Ancelotti would MP3) signing a new defender if Alex fails to recover from knee surgery before the end of January but Alex failed to do so and Chelsea went on to sign David Luiz from Benfica.
After he recovered from the injury, Alex made his return on 9 April in a match against Wigan Athletic in a win, where he came on for Paulo Ferreira in the 75th minute.
On 8 Mayit took a goal-costing mistake from David Luiz against Manchester United in the season-deciding match for Alex to break back into the starting line-up, getting substituted on at half time that match, and then starting and playing the full 90 minutes the following match against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on 15 Maywhere he scored a headed goal in the 82nd minute in a 2—2 draw.
In the last league game of the season against EvertonAlex started the match alongside John Terry but was substituted on 70 minutes for Ferreira in their 1—0 defeat at Goodison Park.
At the end of the campaign, Alex made 20 appearances and scored 2 goals in all competitions. Alex was criticized for allegedly stating in an interview that he was a boyhood Liverpool supporter. In the summer transfer window, Alex was the subject of a bid from local rivals Arsenal. In the end, Alex Costa - Hey / Time Flies (File, however, Chelsea won 2—1. On 21 Septemberin a League Cup tie against FulhamAlex received a straight red card in the 49th minute after a foul on Kerim Freiwhich also resulted a penalty.
Pajtim Kasamihowever, missed Fulham's penalty after his kick was saved by back-up goalkeeper Ross Turnbull. In the end, Chelsea later won on penalties to progress to the next round. He started the match but committed a handball in the penalty area, which Turnbull again saved from Andy Carroll. On 3 DecemberAlex submitted a transfer request, which was accepted. The move, however, broke down after both parties reportedly failed to agree personal terms; QPR could not match his wage demands and Alex stated he did not want to stay in England.
On 12 FebruaryAlex made his debut for PSG in a 0—0 draw against Nicewhere he made his first start before coming off for Christophe Jallet at half-time. On 8 AprilAlex scored the winning goal in the 61st minute in a 2—1 win over Olympique de Marseille. On 6 Novemberin a Champions League match against Dinamo ZagrebAlex scored the first goal of the match, a half-volley that evaded the reach of Dinamo goalkeeper Ivan Kelava after 16 minutes.
On 31 JanuaryAlex scored a diving header in the Derby della Madonnina. Although he played under Brazil U team at the tournament, the tournament was a full international tournament, hence the international cap gained was fully recognized by FIFA. However, after the World Cup, he earned regular call-ups with the new head coach, Dunga.
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