The Selecao forward believes his international and former club team-mate will improve following his move to the London club, and will be difficult to replace at Internacional
The 20-year-old former Internacional midfielder has been touted as a star of the future and is currently featuring for a fancied Brazil team at the London 2012 Olympics.
Following La Selecao's 3-2 victory over Egypt in Cardiff, in which Damiao scored from an Oscar assist, he has praised his former team-mate, suggesting that can achieve all he wants to with the Blues.
“It’s going to be difficult to find a midfielder who’s as good as he is, but I know he’s taking the right track and is heading for a club where he can go a long, long way,” he told Fifa.com.
“It’s just as well I make the most of his assists now because I’m going to miss them later on.”
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“What matters to me is helping the team, and I don’t care how. As long as I can keep on doing that, then the goals will come naturally.”
When asked about his own performance during his side's first-round group match, he conceded it was nice to open his Olympic account - but emphasised that it was about the team, and not individuals during London 2012.
“Obviously it’s great to score for A Seleção,” he said.
“But it’s not something I was worried about. What matters to me is that Mano [Menezes, head coach] is happy with the work I’m doing.
"I know what I’m there for and I always have done: to help the team score and keep on running, regardless of whether I’m finding the back of the net or not.