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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Marin ready for battle

ESPN staff

Marko Marin has insisted he is not daunted by the challenge of fighting for a place at Chelsea.

The Germany international became Chelsea's first signing of the summer when swapping Werder Bremen for Stamford Bridge, citing a desire for a new challenge as the reason behind his move.

Marin has joined a team brimming with midfielders and the prospect of Brazilian youngster Oscar swelling the ranks as well. With the likes of Juan Mata, Frank Lampard, Ramires and Eden Hazard at manager Roberto Di Matteo's disposal, Marin will have to impress.

But it is clear that he is not short of confidence. "I have to show my qualities and play as good as I can," Marin told Sky Sports News. "If I do this then I am not afraid and am sure I will play. Nobody has guarantees but if I perform well then I will play."

Marin feels the move to Chelsea can only be of benefit to him as he is looking to learn from the top-class names at the club.

"I am still young and hope I will improve and show my best at Chelsea," he said. "If you play very well and train with such players of high quality then if you want to improve, you can."

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