Record transfer fee made Chelsea arrival difficult – Caicedo

Moisés Caicedo has said he is finally enjoying his time at Chelsea after “feeling the pressure” of his British record transfer to Stamford Bridge.

The Ecuador midfielder joined from Brighton in the summer for a fee of £115 million ($147m).

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“At first it was difficult for me,” Caicedo told ESPN Argentina. “I wasn’t enjoying it because I felt a little pressure because of what I cost and because the team hasn’t done well. Now I’m doing it, I think in this second part of the Premier League, I’m doing it, I’m enjoying it.

“It is very important for a player to do his job and enjoy it because that is what he works for. I have been working in every training session since I arrived with a smile, enjoying it, and now I can tell you that in every game I feel more confident, helping the team and I feel happy.”

Chelsea have 10 wins from their 26 league games and are 11th in the Premier League.

Although they have struggled with consistency, Caicedo, who has made 23 league appearances, believes they are moving in a positive direction.

“The team is feeling better, more and more united,” he said. “We are understanding each other on the field. We have to run for the teammate and that is what we are doing now, without complaining because someone lost a ball but rather supporting the teammate. That was what we were missing because the talent is there and I think everyone sees that.

“We must be very consistent, win, win, win, help the team, run for our teammate. That is going to make the difference in each game.”

Caicedo, 22, said his team was quick to bounce back from last month’s painful loss in extra time to Liverpool in the League Cup final.

“It was painful to lose the final but the next day the team was already thinking about Wednesday [the next game],” he said. “That is very positive, that speaks well of us, it means that we do not focus only on that defeat. Now we are going to fight for the FA Cup, we are going to try to reach another final and [hopefully] God allows us to win it. And also in the Premier League to stay as high as possible to get into European positions.”

Chelsea take on Leicester City in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on March 17.