Liverpool transfers: Oscar won’t leave Chelsea, says Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Oscar is in his prime and won't be leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer
Jose Mourinho has rubbished growing speculation that Oscar could leave Chelsea at the end of the season.
The Brazil international has been touted as a potential target for Premier League rivals Liverpool and Serie A champions Juventus.
Mourinho showed his preference for Oscar when the Chelsea manager permitted the £37.1m sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United in January 2014.
While the Spaniard has started to blossom under Louis van Gaal’s management, Oscar has lacked consistency at times in the current campaign.
Speaking at his media conference at Cobham training ground on Friday afternoon, Mourinho was emphatic in his stance that Oscar would not be leaving the Premier League leaders.
“Of course he will stay,” said Mourinho. “He just signed a contract a few months ago. He is one of the players with the best contract and a long-term contract.
“He is a 23-year-old that Chelsea bought when he was a kid a few years ago. Obviously, he is in the best period of his career. Obviously, we don’t want to sell him.”
Oscar, who moved to Chelsea in a £25m deal from Internacional under Roberto di Matteo in 2012, has scored six goals and has made seven assists in 26 Premier League appearances for the pacesetters this season.
When asked about his decision to sell Mata to United, Mourinho added that he was pleased to see the Spain international doing well for Van Gaal’s side.
Mourinho continued: “He is a player with a history at this club. Everyone has deep respect for him as a player. When he left everyone wished him the best. He is a top professional.
“We are happy things are going well for him.”