Conte pleased to keep Oscar

Oscar is revelling in being an important player for Chelsea once again, according to boss Antonio Conte.

Chelsea: Conte pleased to keep OscarChelsea: Conte pleased to keep Oscar

The Brazil international was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge over the summer, having struggled for form under previous boss Jose Mourinho before losing his place under interim manager Guus Hiddink last season.

But, having pushed the 25-year-old back into central midfield, rather than behind the striker or stuck out on the wing, Conte seems to have rediscovered the Oscar of a couple of years ago.

The Italian admitted that losing Oscar would have been a blow and feels he helps to provide a good balance to the rest of the side.

“I always thought that this team needed a good balance both in possession and when you are without the ball,” said Conte.

“Last season Chelsea conceded 55 goals. Now I think we have found the right compromise between offensive and defensive situations.

“Oscar is a good player with good technique and can do both phases, offensive and defensive. I asked him to stay always focused and to stay in the game.

“He is an important player for Chelsea, a good passer, good technique, and he can scores goals. He sees the goal very well.

“There was speculation but I am very glad for him that he stayed because he is in my plans.”

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