Broja has ‘no emotions’ at Chelsea over usurping Aubameyang despite Potter boost

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Chelsea striker Armando Broja insists he feels “absolutely no pressure” to join the Stamford Bridge first team because he is just happy to play professional football.

Broja returned to Chelsea this summer after a successful loan spell at Southampton, despite being strongly linked to a permanent departure from the club.

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With Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku both leaving, the Albanian international was the only recognized striker in the squad for a while this summer, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived in the pecking order on the cut-off date.

Broja is aware of how difficult it will be to break into the first team, but he insists he feels “no pressure” to do so as he is doing what he loves.

“For me there is not much pressure because I am playing football,” he said Gazeta Tema (through Sports witness).

“I have been playing football since I was 3 years old. I have no emotions. Play for fun, to win and to help the team. There is absolutely no pressure.

“I’m always in shape. I practice every day. We know it’s harder to get into the Chelsea team than it is to play for Southampton.

“I also train here in Albania every day. Physically I’m fine.”

But his chance to impress for Chelsea may come sooner than expected with a report on sunday claim the new manager Graham Potter is impressed with what he has seen.

The 21-year-old is said to have “captured Chelsea boss Graham Potter’s attention and he is close to earning a starting spot.”

Broja has ‘made a big impression in training’ and Chelsea boss Potter ‘could put him in the starting line-up soon’ despite Aubameyang’s presence.

Insiders report that Potter is “elated with Broja’s potential and ability to fit into his system” as he tries to implement “an urgent” playstyle.

Broja’s Albania will take on Israel and Iceland in the Nations League, but the striker will return to Chelsea, who will face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, October 1.