Antonio Conte believes Alex Oxlade Chamberlain needs him to fulfil his obvious potential ahead of a summer switch.
Chamberlain is in the final 12 months of his current deal with Arsenal and rejected a new contract offer from the Gunners earlier in the summer as he seeks assurances of first team football.
He started just 19 games for the Gunners last season, and he is believed to be dissatisfied with that figure and is open to playing for any team that would offer him a more prominent role.
Chamberlain started his Arsenal career as an attacking winger, but with Arsene Wenger’s switch to a back three last season, he was used as a wingback towards the end of the season and impressed Conte in that position.
However, the Italian believes Chamberlain can become a better wing back if he plays for him. This is the one reason why he is interested in signing the England man.
The Blues have struggled to sign a new wing back this summer as Conte looks for competition for Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso. His first choice is Juventus’ Alex Sandro, but the Italians have ended discussions with the Blues this summer. Conte is also looking at the Blues’ academy product Ryan Bertrand.