Chelsea playmaker Oscar has no desire to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, despite increasing speculation linking the Brazil international with a move away from the west London outfit.
Following reports that Chelsea are looking to sell Oscar at the end of the season, with Jose Mourinho keen to balance the books at the Bridge, the 23-year-old has responded by telling reporters he plans to stay with the Premier League leaders.
This is despite the fact several top clubs are believed to be keen to secure his services, most notably Juventus and Liverpool.
Oscar: I'm happy at Chelsea
“I’m very happy here,” Oscar was quoted as saying by the Telegraph. “I get along with everyone, and the club shows its praise towards me. Chelsea is one of the best clubs in the world, so I don’t see why I would think of leaving.
“I’m very happy with Chelsea’s season so far and happy with my own performance as well, but I do think I could have contributed more to the team. There are different tactics depending on the opponents we face, and we respect the manager’s choices. Sometimes I’ve ended up not playing the entire match, but I’m doing my best to fulfil my role. I’m happy with my performances.”
Oscar needs to become more decisive
Oscar has scored six goals and provided seven assists in 26 Premier League appearances this season, while his defensive contribution has improved significantly since Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013.
But Mourinho might be looking for more from his central playmaker in an attacking sense, which would explain why the Brazilian has played a peripheral role in recent weeks.
Oscar has not completed 90 minutes in the Premier League since the 1-1 home draw with Manchester City at the end of January, and has not played more than 45 minutes in Chelsea’s previous three matches.
Should Chelsea have kept Mata instead?
Mourinho opted to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United in January 2014 due to Oscar, who the Portuguese coach clearly felt was the better long-term option for Chelsea in that No. 10 role when compared to the diminutive Spaniard.
Season after season Mata produces better numbers - in terms of goals and assists - than Oscar; however, Mourinho may also have opted for the latter due to his superior physical attributes.
While it should be remembered that Oscar, at 23, still has time on his side, many expected the talented attacking midfielder would have become a more influential player for Chelsea by now.
Instead, the onus is often on the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa to produce the decisive moments during matches.
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