The start to life at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea's promising midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka has been described as "tough."
The 19-year-old England U-20 international of Nigeria descent made this known to the club's website in an exclusive interview on Friday.
"It was quite difficult at the beginning," said Chukwuemeka, reflecting on his start to life.
"Villa was all I knew; I made my debut there. I have a lot to thank them for.
"I just had to get my head around that I would be playing for the club I support.
"The transition was tough, but good at the same time."
The youngster said his growth at the Bridge thus far is attributed to the older heads at Cobham as well as his discipline off-the-pitch, spending extra hours in the gym before and after training.
"It has improved me a lot physically and powerfully as well,’ he explained.
"I’ve been noticing a difference from earlier in the season. I feel sharper as well, running with the ball."
When quizzed about his preferred position, the teenage midfielder replied that he prefers playing as a left 8 in a three despite being a versatile player.
"I’m probably most comfortable as a left 8 in a three," replied Chukwuemeka who has made nine appearances for Chelsea since Graham Potter's arrival.
"But further forward I can drift off the line, or stay out wide.
"It gives me that freedom to drive with the ball and receive it in pockets.
"Growing up in the academy at Villa I did play in multiple positions in the midfield and the forward line.
"I was used to it and used to learning different roles playing for England as well at the youth level.
"I have had to adapt throughout my career so far. It is always good to be versatile.
"You never know when you’ll be needed in different positions."
Chukwuemeka however thanked Graham Potter for playing a key role in his acclimatisation to life at Stamford Bridge.
"The recent game time I have been getting and the trust the gaffer has shown me has helped me believe I belong here," he added.