Chelsea’s no. 11 has revealed how he courted interest from the mighty Real Madrid before eventually signing for the Blues.
Oscar’s budding talent attracted great interest from many major clubs across Europe, with Real Madrid and Chelsea leading the race for the midfielder’s signature especially after his stellar 2011-2012 season when he made 44 appearances for Brazilian club Internacional, scoring 13 goals and providing ten assists.
His exploits for the Brazilian national side gained even more recognition, not least when he scored a hat-trick for the Brazil U-20 side in the U-20 World Cup final in 2012. It was at this point when Real Madrid, managed at the time by a certain Jose Mourinho, made contact with the player’s agent over a proposed switch to the Spanish capital.
With the likes of Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil and fellow Brazilian compatriot Kaka already on Real Madrid’s roster however, it was decided that Real Madrid had the playmaker role adequately covered, and Chelsea wasted no time in snapping up Oscar in the summer of 2012.
Speaking to Globoesporte on the saga, Oscar said: “A month before signing for Chelsea I was very close to doing so for Real Madrid as Mourinho said he wanted me. They came to watch me in the game against Denmark.
“Before the games there were talks with Madrid, but they had the playmaker position well covered. After the games I signed for Chelsea.”
Oscar went on to make a remarkable 65 appearances for his new club in his debut season, scoring 13 goals. He also played the full 90 minutes of the UEFA Europa League final as Chelsea won the Europe’s second tier competition in May last year and has gone on to establish himself as Chelsea’s first-choice playmaker this season.
Fate would have it that Jose Mourinho would get his chance to work with the prodigy he discovered last year, and Oscar has attributed his confidence in his ability to the Portuguese tactician.
“Upon his arrival at Chelsea, Mourinho spoke to me. He gave me confidence and I’m trying to return all such support on the pitch.”
With Oscar now revealing that he has previous ties with Mourinho, does this give us any insight as to why he has been preferred over Juan Mata for the no. 10 role at Stamford Bridge? Only thinking out loud here…
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