Tammy Abraham insists he is ready to fight for his place at Chelsea despite the arrival of big name competition.
Chelsea striker Abraham, 22, has managed 19 goals in his breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge which has also seen him become a regular part of the England set-up.
But the competition will become even more fierce next season with the arrival of £53m Germany forward Timo Werner as Chelsea look to spend big this summer to improve next year.
However, Abraham – who came up through the ranks at Chelsea – insists he is not intimidated by the new signings but sees it as a challenge to inspire him to new levels.
Abraham said: “This is Chelsea Football Club, there's always going to be high standards and high competition and this is something I've been dreaming of since I was a kid.
"I've always been fighting for it, it's never come easy, it wasn't easy at the start of the season but i worked my way into the team and that's what I've got to keep doing.”
Abraham has even claimed that he will have to get to the same levels as Robert Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich superstar helped destroy Chelsea in the Champions League.
Lewandowski and Bayern gave Chelsea’s young side a painful lesson in Munich as Frank Lampard’s first season in charge ended with back-to-back defeats in the FA Cup final and the Champions League.
But Abraham says if he and the other young players want to play for a big club at the highest level then they must push themselves against the best.
He said: ”We're a new young side, with a new manager and so we have to be pleased with ourselves. But this is the level, it's where we have to get to and better.
"For me, Robert Lewandowski is the best striker and that's the level I've got to get to and better and that's what I am inspired to be.
"It's been a great learning curve, great experience for me and upwards going into next season. I've got to build myself up to those high levels.”
Abraham started the season as first choice striker, scored for England, played in the Champions League and ended it having lost his place in the place in the final few weeks to Olivier Giroud.
But overall, Abraham insists his first full season in the top flight is unforgettable and he finished it by starting and scoring against Bayern Munich.
He added: “It's been a phenomenal season for myself and for the lads. I couldn't ask for a better season. I've had a few niggles here and there but I've come off stronger and build myself for next season. Start well and end well.
"That's my aim and as I said, that's the level I want to get to so I have to raise my bar and go again.”
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