Oscar wants a fresh start at Chelsea under Conte

Date published: Wednesday 11th May 2016 12:09

Oscar wants to put a “difficult” season behind him and hopes to be given a fresh start at Chelsea under incoming boss Antonio Conte.

Italy manager Conte will take over from interim boss Guus Hiddink in the summer and has been tipped to conduct an overhaul of the squad at Stamford Bridge.

Brazil midfielder Oscar missed a month of football through injury at the start of the season and has failed to find his best form since recovering, often finding himself on the bench.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Serie A giants Juventus and Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning in the past but dismissed such speculation, and now says he wants to prove his worth to Conte.

“It’s been very difficult for me.¬†I had a great season last season, and I’m coming from two or three seasons of doing well, but I was one of those players who got injured at the start of the season,” he told Sky Sports.

“When I came back, the team wasn’t doing so well and I found myself on the bench and in and out of the first team. I didn’t achieve the level I wanted to achieve but hopefully next season I can do better.

“[The new manager’s arrival] is great for the players. Obviously you have to prove yourself. I’m sure the coach has been following all the players individually.

“It will be a breath of fresh air to the team and everyone’s excited to prove their worth to be here. Obviously I haven’t been very happy because I haven’t been playing very much but, with the new coach coming in, it’s a fresh beginning for everyone.”

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