Armando Broja has discussed his decision to sign a new deal at Chelsea and his determination to succeed at Stamford Bridge.
Broja was linked with an exit during the summer after a successful loan spell at Southampton last season, but turned down interest from Premier League clubs to sign a new long-term contract in west London.
The academy product has made five substitute appearances so far this season, including a Champions League debut during the club’s defeat at Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.
Broja has discussed his desire to make an impact with the opportunities he receives this season and spoke on his ambition to have success with his boyhood side.
“However long it is, I try to give my all to the team, the club and the fans,’” Broja told the club’s website.
“Every time I do come on the pitch, I just focus on how I can help. If I can score, get an assist or just use my work-rate to hunt the ball down, I want to help the team as much as possible. I’ve always been a confident boy so it’s important for me to keep that and remain confident. I feel like I can help the team a lot so I’ll keep doing my best on and off the pitch in every way I can.
“This is one of the best clubs in the world and there’s no better feeling to be playing for my boyhood club, the club I’ve supported my whole life.
“For me, it’s just about being focused, keeping my head down and working hard. Hopefully that leads to many more opportunities but I’m thankful for those I’ve had so far.”
Broja will face increased competition for a place in the side from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who signed from Barcelona on deadline day.
The 20-year-old was full of praise for the former Arsenal captain and says he is keen to learn from the new arrival.
“He’s a great player who has done a lot in his career so far and now he’s come to Chelsea I can learn a lot from him,’ he said on Aubameyang. “He’s done it at Arsenal and at Barcelona so he’s a good addition and he seems like a very good guy.
“I’m excited to learn from him and a few things he has learned over the years. It’s always good to have that competition in the team.”