Chelsea ace Oscar has revealed he almost signed for Real Madrid before he opted for Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian has established himself as Chelsea's first-choice playmaker in the face of some serious competition since his switch from Internacional for £25 million in 2012.
It could have all been very different however if he had opted for the Bernabeu over Stamford Bridge.
In an interview with Globoesporte Oscar revealed that he had the option to join Real Madrid after current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho made a move for him while he was still in charge of the Spanish giants.
"A month before signing for Chelsea I was very close to do so with Real Madrid as Mourinho expressively said he wanted me," he said.
The 22-year-old added: "They came to watch me in the game against Denmark, before the games. There were talks but Madrid had the playmaker position well covered. After the games, I signed for Chelsea. "
Oscar, who is a certainty to be part of the Brazil squad charged with winning the World Cup on home soil next summer, has started nine of Chelsea's 11 Premier League games so far this season, pushing twice player of the year Juan Mata down onto the bench.
Oscar was also a target for Tottenham before he eventually decided to join the west London club.