Malo Gusto has discussed his adaptation at Chelsea and taking his chance in the side in Reece James’ absence.
Gusto signed for Chelsea from Lyon during the January transfer window, but remained with the Ligue 1 side on loan for the second half of last season before joining up with the west Londoners this summer.
The 20-year-old has been handed an immediate chance in the side after regular right-back Reece James was injured on the opening weekend. Gusto said the absence of the Chelsea captain is a blow to the squad, but outlined his determination to take his opportunity.
“We are all sad for Reece,” Gusto told the club’s official website.
“We must not forget he is our captain, he is important for the squad and the club. Now I must use this opportunity to replace him in a good way and show that I can play.
“When you sign for a top club you expect to be next to big names. I know I have the skills and quality and I’m here for it.
“It was a similar situation at Lyon. [Leo] Dubois was also the captain. So, it’s nothing new for me. I have always learned from these situations. It’s important to have this type of competition.”
Gusto made just 54 appearances for Lyon after coming through the club’s ranks, before signing for Chelsea in a deal worth an initial £26.3m. The defender provided two assists in the recent win over Luton and has opened up on what the Chelsea fans can expect from him this season.
“I would say I like to put the effort in. With modern football you must like to play with your heart and give it your all. I like to have a good technical touch to get past players, score and deliver assists.
“To do that I often think that I need to feel happy on and off the pitch, and to be fit. Then I just want to improve and become the player I want to be.”