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 InternacionalBrazilian striker Leandro Damiao says that Chelsea new boy Oscar will get better and better following his big-money move to the Premier League.
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.”
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.
“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.”