Willian ready to fight for Chelsea place

The Brazilian attacking midfielder recognizes that, despite his 31.6 million pound transfer fee, he will have to tussle with the likes of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata for starts.
Chelsea newcomer Willian is under no illusions about the challenge of winning a first-team place.

The Brazilian moved to Stamford Bridge from Anzhi Makhachkala in August for a 37 million euro fee after the Blues fought off Premier League rivals Tottenham and Liverpool for his signature.

Despite Chelsea's hefty expenditure, however, the 25-year-old expects a tough battle to force his way into Jose Mourinho's starting XI due to the strength of competition provided by the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata and Andre Schurrle.

"I know that I haven't secured my spot here," Willian told Globo Esporte. "I'll do my best to achieve that place, while respecting the other players. I'll train, play and do my best to get the trust of the manager and of the fans."

The attacking midfielder explained that the chance to play under Mourinho, as well as link up with fellow Brazilians at Stamford Bridge, was a big part of his decision to join Chelsea.

"The Brazilians called me, especially David Luiz, who told me to come quickly," he added. "I was very happy to have them around and they will certainly help me a lot.

"I wanted to play at Chelsea, even more so now with Jose Mourinho, who is the best at what he does."