Oscar: I was close to joining Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho

Oscar reveals that he came within a whisker of securing a transfer to Real Madrid before eventually opting to join Chelsea

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
oscar
Oscar has scored five goals for Chelsea so far this term Photo: The Sport Review

Oscar has revealed that he came within a whisker of securing a transfer to Real Madrid before eventually opting to join Chelsea last year.

The Brazil international moved to the Blues on a five-year contract in a £25m deal from Internacional back in July 2012.

But the 22-year-old says he was close to sealing a switch to the La Liga side after Jose Mourinho made his interest in the midfielder known.

“A month before signing for Chelsea I was very close to doing so with Real Madrid as Mourinho said he wanted me,” Oscar told Globoesporte.

“They came to watch me in the game against Denmark.

“Before the games there were talks with Madrid, but they had the playmaker position well covered. After the games, I signed for Chelsea.”

Oscar has been a mainstay of Mourinho’s starting line-up since the Portuguese coach’s return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The midfielder has started 14 games for the Blues so far this season and has scored five goals, notching up two assists as Mourinho often preferred to deploy him in the No10 position ahead of Juan Mata.

“He [Mourinho] talked to me as soon as I came to Chelsea,” Oscar added. “He gives me confidence and I’m trying to return all such support on the pitch.”

Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz admits he’s living a ‘dream’ playing for Chelsea FC
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard: What I really think about Liverpool FC signing Thiago Alcantara
Frank Lampard
‘I have no doubt’: Frank Lampard opens up about Kai Havertz at Chelsea FC
Frank Lampard
Chelsea FC agree £26m deal for eighth summer signing – report
Man United legend Ryan Giggs
‘The fans will want that’: Ryan Giggs delivers his verdict on Man United loss
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issues Man United transfer update after Palace defeat
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Novak Djokovic
Rome Masters 2020: Novak Djokovic wins record 36th Masters title against Schwartzman
Michael Owen
Michael Owen reacts to new Liverpool FC and Tottenham signings
Simona Halep
Rome Premier 2020: Third time lucky for Halep, who wins after Pliskova retirement