Earlier today, Chelsea confirmed the return of Nathan Ake to the club, after a short loan spell with Bournemouth.
Ake was supposed to be with the Cherries till the end of the season, but his loan deal was cut halfway.
Speaking about why he chose to recall Ake, Conte said: “I called him back because I think he’s showing that he’s ready to stay in the squad of Chelsea. Chelsea is his home. In the last season he played with Watford, and this season he was with Bournemouth. He’s shown he deserves to stay at a great team like Chelsea. I’m pleased he’s come back.
“Ake gives me an important option because we are playing with three central defenders. He can play on the left and in the middle. It’s important to see in training sessions if he can also play wing-back.”