Oscar expecting a big season at Chelsea after going through his first pre-season at the club

Midfielder had been linked with a move to Juventus

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Chelsea midfielder Oscar is expecting to have his best campaign since joining Chelsea for £25million in 2012.

The 23-year-old Brazilian has had an up and down time at Stamford Bridge; last season, for example, he scored six goals and had eight assists in the Premier League but failed to score provided just one assist after 17 January.

In three seasons he has already played 151 matches for the club and has 45 international caps for Brazil.

But he is expecting a better campaign in 2015-16 as he will be able to take part in pre-season for the first time in his Chelsea spell.

"This is the first time I have started pre-season and for me this is very, very important," told the club website at their training camp in Montreal, Canada.

"It is important to stay with the family and friends and the full holiday for me this time is very important because for five years I didn’t have that holiday, and in the last three years I played more than 200 games and this is a lot."

Oscar has been linked with a move away from Chelsea this summer, with Juventus again linked this week with Arturo Vidal set to join Bayern Munich.

However, Jose Mourinho does not appear keen to sell, and the midfielder was a big presence in the marketing campaign as the club launched its new kit for next season on Thursday.

"Oscar is a fabulous player but he’s never had a pre-season in his life," said Mourinho in May. "He’s always been playing in tournaments everywhere, he’s never had a rest. Now, because he’s injured he’s not going to the Copa America and I have a feeling that next year Oscar can have the same kind of evolution as [Eden] Hazard had this season."

Oscar responded: "I think the same.

"‘I want to play better and I want to score more goals and to play my best football, because I know my quality and I know for sure I can make this season better than last season, and last season was a good season because we were champions and won two competitions. I want to be a champion in more competitions this season."

Chelsea's first pre-season game takes place against the New York Red Bulls on 25 July.

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