Belfast Telegraph

Oscar will be fantastic, says Di Matteo

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo believes new signing Oscar will thrive at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues completed the acquisition of the Brazilian playmaker from Internacional on Wednesday in a deal reportedly worth £25million. The 20-year-old, who is part of Brazil's squad for London 2012 and played in the 2-0 warm-up victory over Team GB last Friday, can play as a winger or an attacking midfielder and is viewed as one of his country's most exciting talents.

"He is a fantastic player, one of the youngest to push through to the Brazilian national team and he will be a fantastic signing for us," Di Matteo told

"Oscar is a very exciting young talent, a creative midfield player who scores goals. He will add a lot of options and solutions for us in midfield."

Oscar, full name Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior, is the fifth attacking midfielder to have joined the Blues this summer following the arrivals of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden and Thorgan Hazard and Marko Marin.

A loan deal for the younger Hazard brother, Thorgan, has already been mooted, but competition for a starting berth in midfield is nevertheless likely to be fierce.

Di Matteo acknowledged balancing the side will be key but sees no reason why his summer signings cannot all flourish for Chelsea.

"It will be a challenge to make sure we have the right balance within the team so we will have to see how we fit the team together with all the players," the Italian added.

"The club has always been competitive, looking to improve, get better and fight at the top end of the league so it will only give us a better chance in the Premier League."


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