Veteran Brazilian midfielder Carlos Mineiro is set to make his full debut for Chelsea this weekend, having featured as a substitute in the 5-0 win over Sunderland last weekend.
The 33-year-old joined the Blues at the end of September as a free agent, having left German club Hertha Berlin at the end of last season.
He has now built his fitness up to the required levels and is hoping to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.
He told the club's official website: "The Premier League now is one of the most sought after in the world, it is like playing in a national team.
"You have the best players in the world playing in this league and that's why everybody is interested and I am really happy to have this opportunity and I want to show my capabilities.
"I first heard Chelsea were interested in me two months ago, I was very happy about it because I wasn't playing at the time and it was a great opportunity to come here to show my work.
"I want to be the best I can because that's what the manager expects, to be always at his disposal, ready when he needs us for the team.
"We are players trying to do our best for the same goal. I have to see these players as my allies not my opponents.
"I am not here to fight against them for a place, what we are all trying to do is give our best to improve our games so any one of us can help the group."