Chelsea’s Willian ready to fight for starting spot with Juan Cuadrado

Willian is determined to keep his place in the Chelsea side

Willian has warned Juan Cuadrado that he won’t give up his Chelsea spot without a fight.

The 26-year-old Colombian arrived on transfer deadline day from Fiorentina for £23.3m, with Mohammed Salah joining the Italian side as part of the deal.

Despite Andre Schurrle’s departure to Wolfsburg, Willian feels Cuadrado’s arrival will make it more difficult to hold a place in the first-team.

“It is true that with the arrival of Cuadrado, the competition for a place in the squad increases,” Willian told London Evening Standard.

“But I will always fight for my place.

“As I’ve said before, I can never feel comfortable otherwise another player comes and takes my position.

“I always want to improve and that is why I always try to work hard to keep my place in the squad.”

After a short spell in the Russian Premier League, Willian joined Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala for £32m in 2013.

Since then the 26-year-old has been an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s side, having made 56 appearances and scored seven goals for the club.

Willian and his team-mates Eden Hazard and Oscar have formed a formidable partnership behind Diego Costa and it is difficult to see this trio changing before the summer.

However, despite the possible threat Cuadrado may cause to his place in the first-team, Willian hopes his new teammate settles in well at the club.

“He’s a good player, he did his first training sessions with us this week,” Willian added.

“We have spoken with him and he seems like a good guy.”

“We hope he can be happy with us here at Chelsea.”

Chelsea travel to Aston Villa on Saturday hoping to maintain their five-point lead over Manchester City, who travel to Hull the same day.

Costa is still serving his three-match suspension after his stamp on Emre Can in the Capital One Cup second leg against Liverpool last week.

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