Chelsea youngster Lucas Piazon believes his loan spell at Vitesse will provide the perfect platform for him to impress the Blues.
The 19-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Brazilian giants São Paulo in 2011 and spent the end of last season on loan at Malaga, is confident that his spell in the Eredivisie will enable him to improve.
"I think it's normal. It's hard for a player of my age to play at a big team," Piazon told UOL. "Chelsea's directors are always in touch with me and my family. I know that in order to improve I need to play for those smaller European teams.
"I hope to play for Chelsea as soon as possible, but that is up to me too, up to my performance here. I have to stay a year here and do my best."
Piazon, who won Chelsea's Young Player of the Year award for the 2011/12 campaign, revealed that Jose Mourinho urged him to leave Stamford Bridge for the season in order to gain more first-team experience.
"During the pre-season, he (Mourinho) said the kids would be loaned out as the squad was too strong and too big," the former Brazil Under-17 international continued. "It's actually better so that we can play most games. But he talked with me and assured me it would be good for me."
If Piazon's aim is to impress Chelsea, then he's certainly going the right way about it. The forward has scored three goals in his first seven appearances for Vitesse in the Eredivisie.
In his interview with UOL, Piazon also dismissed the possibility of playing back in his native Brazil.
"Pressure is much bigger in Brazil, so I think this is a good thing about Holland and Europe as a whole," he added. "We can play with a clear head."
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