Chelsea playmaker Oscar has revealed he turned down a lucrative deal to join a Chinese Super League club, believed to be Jiangsu Suning, because he is not prepared to leave Stamford Bridge.
A blistering rush in the last 10 days of the January transfer window paid witness to Blues midfielder Ramires and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira joining Jiangsu Suning, for £25m and £38.4m respectively, while Guangzhou Evergrande stretched their financial muscle to lure Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid for £31m.
Oscar is thought to have been subject to a £58m offer from Jiangsu but rejected their advances to remain at Stamford Bridge.
“Of course I was sad to see [Ramires] go in the sense that we’re from the same country, we’re friends, we speak the same language and help each other out, but it’s a good move for him,” the Brazilian said.
Oscar, who also claimed Chelsea’s season had been given a kick-start following his training ground bust-up with team-mate Diego Costa, added: “There was interest in me but I’ve no desire to leave Europe. The idea of moving to China would be such a huge change for me and would go against everything I’ve achieved so far.
“Chelsea are a fantastic, very big club and I’m still young. I’m only 24 so I’ve got a lot of football ahead of me.”