Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that Oscar will not be sold this summer despite the fact that the rumour-mill strongly suggests otherwise.
The Brazilian playmaker has been the subject of speculation that claims he is to be gotten rid of at the end of the season to make way for more big-name arrivals, but the player himself has confirmed he has no intention of leaving and now has the public backing of his manager.
Indeed the gossip focusing on the idea that Oscar would be offloaded after this campaign were hard for fans for digest. Not only is he a supremely gifted young midfielder but he’s also become a firm fan favourite at Stamford Bridge. That’s why Mourinho’s statement, coming via Goal, is one that will received well by supporters.
"Of course [he isn't leaving Chelsea]. He just signed a contract a few months ago. He's one of the players with the best contract, long-term contract,” he said.
“A boy at 23 that Chelsea bought three years ago. Obviously we don't want to sell."
Interest in Oscar
Of the sides said to be interested in Oscar, Premier League rivals Liverpool and Serie A giants Juventus were the foremost candidates, though neither looks likely to get so much as a sniff once the transfer window opens.
Liverpool might well have the money if they decide to sell Raheem Sterling and Juve will certainly have a big kitty as they attempt another year of domestic dominance, but Mourinho has rarely been a man to negotiate when he doesn’t want to.
Looking at Oscar’s importance in his Blues squad one can assume that Mourinho certainly doesn’t want to do business, especially since he is perhaps one or two signings off of turning his team into genuine contenders for the crown of Europe’s best man-for-man side.
Chance to sell?
That said he could be persuaded to change his mind depending on how other potential deals culminate, more specifically his aim to lure Paul Pogba back to England. Coincidentally the Juve superstar finds himself a target for Mourinho, as well as several other major European clubs, and operates in a similar area of the pitch to Oscar.
For sometime now Chelsea have been linked with making a summer offer for the France international and it might just be that he is the only man Mourinho would think about replacing Oscar with. When it comes to potential Pogba is unrivalled in the footballing world and perhaps might consider Stamford Bridge if they can offer him appropriate terms.
It’s a scenario that is unlikely all things considered, but nothing should be ruled out until the end of the window. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time Mourinho has sprung a transfer surprise.
Chelsea fans, will Oscar stay or go? Do you believe Mourinho? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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