Joe Cole has vowed to rise to the challenge posed by Shaun Wright-Phillips, who should complete a £21m move to Chelsea on Monday.
Wright-Phillips, 23, will be competing with Cole, Arjen Robben and Damien Duff for the wide midfield berths in manager Jose Mourinho's side.
And Cole told The Evening Standard: "There are four of us for the two positions so it's going to be tough.
"But I'm confident enough in my ability that I know I can play for Chelsea."
He added: "Shaun's signing is not a slight on my ability at all. The manager is always looking to improve and so am I.
"Shaun will make the team and me a better player. I thrive on that competition - I love it.
"You can't come to Chelsea and expect a walk in the park.
"You have to play well in every game, you have to score goals and make goals.
"That pressure is what I thrive on and, hopefully, it'll be another successful season.
"It's fantastic news for the club. It's great that competition for places is hotting up and we know that whoever plays has to be fantastic to stay in the side."
Mourinho believes he has captured one of England's best players in Wright-Phillips.
"He is one of the best players in England. He has the qualities that everybody is looking for in modern football," said Mourinho.
"He's quick, he's intelligent, he's creative. He can break by himself and shape the balance of the team.
"With Shaun, Joe Cole, Arjen Robben and Damien Duff we have a fantastic group of wingers to compete to give us the best every match.
"And with him we will not have the kind of problems like we had last season when Robben and Duff were injured."