Why this Serie A defender turned down Chelsea

What Chelsea could really do with right now is someone who can play at left or right back.

It’s such a useful combination, as we’ve seen with how much Cesar Azpilicueta was able to help the team over the years. As he’s coming to the end, finding someone with a similar ability to cover both sides would be a huge boost.

The club clearly fancied one in the summer, according to this interview with Inter wing back Valentino Lazaro’s agent in Calciomercato shows.

He’s asked about why his client chose Inter ahead of Chelsea and Real Madrid (do they remember we have a transfer ban?), and he named Antonio Conte as the reason – which is a pretty good excuse if you ask us.

The fact that we would not have been actually able to sign the 26 cap Austria international until next summer isn’t really mentioned.

Still, once we’re back in the market, Azpi will be another 6 months older, and the need to add another versatile player like him will be so much greater.

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