Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has insisted that he feels 'perfect' at Stamford Bridge despite a relatively peripheral start to life in West London, prepared to wait for more chances to shine and maximise them when they do come.
Luis was reportedly offered a double-your-money £80,000-a-week deal to swap Atletico Madrid for Chelsea in the summer, but has only played eight minutes of Premier League football so far this term.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has largely stuck with the tried and tested duo of Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta in the first six weeks of the season, with Luis given starts in the Capital One Cup and Champions League as he adjusts to English football.
The Brazilian full-back in unmoved though and is adamant he understands that rotation is the name of the game at a massive European club, telling the Evening Standard about swapping a star role in La Liga for a fresh challenge at this stage of his career.
Brazilian not afraid to bide his time
He claimed: “It’s brilliant to be at this club, it’s a great feeling. Every time I play and train, I feel I’m at a big club.
“Everyone wants to play. If you don’t, normally you’re not happy. But when I came here, I spoke with Mourinho and I knew I’d come to Chelsea to be a champion, not to be the best left-back or best crosser or something.
“When you work with Mourinho, you have to know that the group, the collective is above the individual. I don’t think about myself right now.
“The team are doing a great job. We won the first four League games and drew the fifth one. I have nothing to complain about. I have to wait for my chance and when it comes I must make sure I don’t go out of the first 11.”
Mourinho's pulling power closed the deal
It's clear that Mourinho was the driving force behind a magnificent summer in the transfer market for Chelsea, who manager to persuade both Luis and Costa to leave a terrific Atletico team, one that clinched La Liga against all the odds and came within a minute of adding their maiden Champions League crown.
Costa has made an instant impact but Chelsea fans are still waiting to see the best of Luis, a who is something of a late bloomer in terms of reaching the very highest level.
There will definitely come a point in the campaign where the 29-year-old is used though, with anything less than success for both Mourinho and his new star trio of Luis, Costa and Cesd Fabregas simply unthinkable.