Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Serie A champions Juventus to forget about trying to sign Oscar during the summer.
The Brazilian has been strongly linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge after stuttering in the latter part of the season yet again, but in this week's press conference, Mourinho confirmed that he has no intentions of selling the playmaker.
Second Half Dip
Oscar has been known to dip in the second half of the season since his arrival at Stamford Bridge and Mourinho has grown fed up of his performances, even criticising him publicly after a poor showing.
Article continues below
According to some reports, Chelsea were lining up a sensational player-swap deal plus cash involving Oscar and Paul Pogba, but, when asked about the Brazilian's future, Mourinho was adamant that there would be no deal.
Juventus are wary that they will lose Pogba in the summer, with several European giants circling around the Frenchman, and they were keen on signing Oscar as a replacement. With Chelsea wanting Pogba and Juve wanting Oscar, there were thoughts that a swap-deal could take place, with the Premier League side offering money as well to boost up the deal.
Article continues below
However, those reports have been rubbished now after Chelsea confirmed they have no desire to sell Oscar.
When asked about the playmaker's future, Mourinho replied with: “Of course (he'll be here next season). He’s just signed a contract a few months ago.
“He’s one of players with the best contract, one of the players with long-term contract.
“He’ a boy of 23-year’s-old that Chelsea bought when he was a kid three years ago.
“He’s obviously in the best period of his career.
“Obviously we don’t want to sell him.”
Goals and Assists
Oscar has scored six Premier League goals this season and helped assist a further seven, but he hasn't been involved in a goal for the Blues since mid-January. The last time Oscar was on the scoresheet was three months ago, when he netted a brace against Swansea City during the club's 5-0 thrashing.
His last assist came a week before his brace against Newcastle during their 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/1a2aYpZ
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms