Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has fuelled speculation that Oscar is on his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer following cryptic comments about the Brazilian midfielder's performance during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Stoke City.
The Portuguese coach opted to withdraw the 23-year-old at half-time following another uninspiring display against the Potters at the weekend, and explained his reason for substituting the playmaker in his post-match press conference in west London.
When asked about Oscar's contribution Mourinho was brutally honest in his assessment of the South American, prompting more rumours of a possible departure for the player at the end of the season.
"I don’t think he had a bad performance, I just think he was not good enough, which is a huge difference," reflected The Special One, as quoted by The Independent.
Oscar has now gone 12 games in all competitions without a goal for Chelsea and has failed to provide an assist in the Premier League since January 10 - a record that is not lost on Mourinho who has used the former Internacional star sparingly over the past three months.
Having completed 90 minutes only once in that time - against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup - it appears the writing is on the wall for a player that penned a new five-year contract to 2019 in November last year.
The £70,000-a-week star has recently been linked with a move to Juventus as part of a player-plus-cash deal that would see in-demand France international Paul Pogba join Chelsea, but that still seems unlikely at this time.
However, the Brazilian's days with the Premier League leaders could be numbered unless he raises his game and improves his form between now and the end of the season.
Chelsea fans: Do you think Jose Mourinho was right to openly criticise Oscar after the Stoke City game? Do you think he'll still be at Stamford Bridge next season? Share your thoughts below...
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