New Chelsea signing Filipe Luis has claimed he is enjoying his time at Stamford Bridge even though he is struggling to convince Jose Mourinho to give him a place in his starting line-up.
The Brazilian international completed his move to west London from Atletico Madrid in the summer for around £16m after becoming a crucial player for the La Liga winners, earning a reputation as one of the best left-backs in the world.
However, with Cesar Azpilicueta excelling in the left-back role, Luis is yet to start a Premier League game - while his only starting appearances came during the Champions League draw against Schalke 04 and the Capital One Cup victory over Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday 23 September.
"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," Luis said to Standard Sport.
"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.
Nevertheless, the former Atletico Madrid star is confident about securing a spot in Mourinho's line-up sooner rather than later, and once he gets it, he says he will fight hard to stay in the team.
"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," he said.
"When you're not playing, sometimes you're not full of confidence. But I feel great. I went away with the national team [earlier this month] and I had my chance here to play in the Champions League, some minutes in the Premier League and the Capital One Cup.
"So my fitness is perfect. I feel fresh. I'm not tired because I didn't play in all the games and I hope when the coach needs me, I will be at my best and full of confidence."
Luis also praised goalkeeper Petr Cech for how the Chelsea legend has accepted his secondary role this season following Thibaut Courtois' return to the club after being on loan at Atletico Madrid for three years.
"Petr is a legend here, he has a lot of history in this club and won all the trophies possible," Luis said. "He is a person you can look at being a mirror for everyone else because he is a professional and a good person."