Loic Remy has warned fellow strikers Didier Drogba and Diego Costa that he joined Chelsea this summer to be a regular in boss Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans.
The 27-year-old France international, whose move to Liverpool earlier in the summer collapsed over medical issues, agreed to move across west London from Queens Park Rangers to Stamford Bridge before the end of the transfer window.
Remy highlighted why Mourinho decided to sign him when he scored the only goal of the game as France defeated Spain 1-0 in an international friendly in Paris on Thursday night.
Chelsea team-mate Costa featured for Spain but limped off with a hamstring injury which has ruled him out of Monday’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier with Macedonia.
It is not known if he will be fit for Chelsea’s return to Premier League action against Swansea at Stamford Bridge next Saturday. If Costa does recover then Remy will bide his time to get a first-team opportunity, but he warned that he didn’t join just to sit on the substitutes’ bench.
He said: “They are one of the best clubs in the world.
“I know I won’t start out as first-choice striker at Chelsea, but nothing is set in stone. I have my aims.
“I didn’t sign for them in order to sit on the bench. I will try to improve as much as I can alongside their great players, and the rest will happen naturally.”
Chelsea are 1.29 to win their game against Swansea to continue their 100% start to the season. The Swans can be backed at 9.62 and the draw is 5.24.