Chelsea star Oscar has committed his future to the Blues amid speculation that Juventus were to make a bid for his signature this summer.
The Brazil playmaker’s future has been the subject of much speculation since the end of last season, but the 23-year-old has admitted that, while he is aware of interest from the Serie A champions, he has no desire to leave Stamford Bridge:
“I know there has been a lot of talk about Juventus, but I am very, very happy at Chelsea,” he told Sky Sports.
“Last year I signed a new contract and I want to stay a long time at Chelsea. I have never been unsettled by what was being said.”
According to the Daily Star, Juve were expected to submit an opening offer of £20m for the attacking midfielder; however, it appears that neither the player nor the club are interested in an exit.
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Oscar, despite starting 26 Premier League games last term, played the full 90 minutes on just four occasions, suggesting that the former Internacional star may have fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho.
However, following the Blues’ Premier League title-triumph, Mourinho voiced his belief that the Brazilian would have the same impact on the team’s success next year as PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard.
“I have a feeling Oscar next year can have the same evolution Hazard had this season,” the Portuguese manager was quoted by the Express as saying.
Chelsea have so far arguably not made a significant mark in the summer market – signing only former Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao and ex-Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic following Petr Cech’s move to Arsenal [via Sky Sports].
Everton defender John Stones has recently emerged as a major transfer target for the English champions after a £20m bid was revealed to have been rejected by the Toffees [via The Guardian].