Chelsea signing Willian has promised to fight his new team-mates – but he’s going to do it with respect.
The Brazilian is keen to carve out a place in the Blues’ starting line-up. And given the array of attacking midfielders at Jose Mourinho’s disposal, the 24-year-old knows he will have to scrap it out for a first-team spot.
That is something he is prepared to do in a bid to force his way into the Brazil squad for next summer’s World Cup.
He said: “Chelsea have a lot of great players. I’m competing with so many good players. Everyone wants to guarantee their place in the side and we should fight with respect. I will respect all the players, but I will fight for my space.
“This is also important because I would like to have a place in the national squad to play at the World Cup.”
Having explored first north then west London, the former Anzhi player is starting to get a feel for the city.
He said: “London is a lovely city, a glamorous and beautiful city. It’ s incredible and offers a lot of options, touristic options. It’s a city that I like very much.
“As for Chelsea, it’s a big club, a sensational club. Chelsea have won many titles in the last few years, the Champions League and the Europa league. It has great players with an impressive history.
“And of course it has Mourinho. For sure, it’s a club that I am happy to play for. It’s a dream came true.”