The 31-year-old defender made 317 appearances for Napoli and hopes that his connection with former Neapolitan teammate Jorginho and international colleague Mendy will help his integration in south-west London.
“When we were on vacation Edouard (Mendy) tested me and asked me if I wanted to come and Jorginho did the same, and so I think I have double pressure,” he explained, in his first appearance in front of the media as a Chelsea player.
“They are both really nice guys and I used to have some really nice moments with Jorginho at Napoli, and and he has helped me a lot.
“Together me and Jorginho won some nice matches together, so when Jorginho asked me to come to Chelsea I wasn’t sure if the owner wanted me.
“But after Jorginho, Edouard also started texting and asking me, as we won the AFCON together, and when I had the possibility to join him here at Chelsea I was very happy.
“Until the last week they were always speaking to me to know if I will come or not, and when I signed Edouard was so happy because our families can spend more time together.
“With Jorginho I missed him a lot because when he left Napoli I lost something and now I’m very happy to be here with him and everybody.”
Chelsea’s start to the season
The Blues wrapped up their pre-season with a much needed 3-1 win over Udinese, and even though they have a kind start to the new campaign, the 4-0 loss to Arsenal in pre-season will be at the back of Thomas Tuchel’s mind.
They kick off their campaign with a game against Everton, before a tricky London derby against Spurs at Stamford Bridge.
That game is then followed by those against Leeds, Leicester and Southampton, before they start their Champions League campaign.