Adrian Mutu is convinced he can overtake Zlatan Ibrahimovic and finish the season as the leading scorer in Ligue 1.
The former Chelsea, Juventus and AC Milan striker is still waiting to open his account for Ajaccio, following his summer move from Italian Serie B side Cesena.
Paris St Germain striker Ibrahimovic is top of the scoring charts with five goals already, while Lorient's Alain Traore has bagged four.
``I'm not afraid of a bit of competition,'' Mutu told Ligue1.com.
``I'm a little bit worried because it's not just that he (Ibrahimovic) is five goals in front of me; he's a very good striker, a very good player who has a good team behind him with qualities.
``But I challenged him because he's my friend. This is an extra level of motivation more than we usually have.
``It's like a challenge between friends. Whoever wins will be happy for the other one. It's not a problem. But I think I'm starting behind the eight ball here.''
Mutu has been impressed by life in Ligue 1, a league he believes is growing stronger with the arrival of more overseas players like Ibrahimovic, Salomon Kalou and himself.
Ajaccio have won two and lost two of their opening five matches and Mutu, who says he is still short of match fitness, is targeting a top-10 finish for the club.
``I like Ligue 1, it's a good championship. It's one of the best four in the world. So it's a new challenge for me,'' Mutu said.
``French people have changed their mentality a little bit and have started hiring foreign players to give something more to Ligue 1.
``I think it's a good idea. I'm looking forward to just playing in the league and seeing how the season is going to end.
``What I can promise the fans is that I'm going to give everything that I have. I'll give the best of myself to help the team to win.
``What I expect from myself is to get back to my full fitness. This is my first objective. Then I hope to score some goals.''
Ajaccio head to Bordeaux, who are unbeaten in all competitions this season after thumping Club Brugge 4-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.
Ludovic Sane and Yoan Gouffran put Bordeaux 2-0 ahead inside half an hour and Jussie capped the victory after a Brugge own goal.