In his first interview since taking over at Loftus Road, the Italian said that a strong relationship with the FA Cup holders was a vital part of his strategy to revive his club's fortunes.
The move is, however, a controversial one and risks antagonising some Rangers fans who are unsettled at the friendly rapport which exists with their historic west London rivals.
He said: "We need Chelsea, and they need us. We can guarantee a serious, professional environment for Chelsea's young players, who know that if they come here, they will improve and they will grow as players.
"I have had a good impression of the Chelsea players who are here, as I have had of all of the squad. I noticed a real willingness on the part of the players to work hard and to follow our methods, so I am very happy."