Enzo Fernandez is confident that Chelsea “will get better with time” as he aims to win “everything and everything” in England.
Argentina’s World Cup winner Fernandes was the most expensive of several signings in January for the Blues, who paid Benfica a Premier League-record £106m (€121m) for the midfielder.
Since then, however, Chelsea have struggled to drop to 11th in the Premier League, with Graham Potter becoming the second manager to be sacked at Stamford Bridge this season.
Potter at least took Chelsea to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and now European glory is their only way to return to that competition next season.
Fernandez & Co. should beat Real Madrid in their last eight games, with Chelsea great Frank Lampard back in power temporarily.
Progress against defending champions Madrid looks like a daunting task, but Fernandez is confident his new club will be back on track soon.
“Adaptation always takes time, getting to know new players,” he told UEFA.com.
“I was among the 10 new players that joined the team. It is difficult to speak different languages, so at first it is difficult to find a common language with teammates.
“Over time, we start to get to know our teammates better, and over time it will get better.
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— Enzo Fernandez (@Enzo13Fernandez) March 8, 2023
“Did I connect with Kai Havertz and Joao Felix? We have that connection, including off the field, but we have a lot of good players.
“All of our forwards are great and quality so they can all play at the highest level.”
Despite Chelsea’s setbacks this season, Fernandes certainly has no regrets about his big move, leaving Benfica just seven months after signing with River Plate.
“One of the factors was that I liked the long-term project that the club is creating,” he explained.
“I too have always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and Chelsea were interested in me even before the World Cup.
“I came to a big club that was always in contention for trophies and won two Champions Leagues in a very short period of time. Now that I’m here, I understand how big this club is.
“And this is what we wanted, what the club as a whole aspired to. This was an important factor in making this decision, besides being in such a beautiful city as London. I thought it over with my family.
“If it is the will of God, everything will be fine, and I will strive to win everything and everything.”