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Oscar Cites Paulinho Example as he Discusses China Spell

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has hit back at critics who dismissed his move to the Chinese Super League as purely motivated by money.

Oscar joined Shanghai SIPG last January from Chelsea in a move that raised eyebrows. Recently, he has come in for criticism from Seleção boss Tite for moving away from Europe.

Yet the ex-Internacional and Chelsea schemer says that he has to think about his family’s security and cited the example of Paulinho, who joined Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande recently.

“Every football player, or every person who works, wants to earn money to help their families,” Oscar told Copa 90. “I came from a social background in Brazil that is very poor.

“We didn’t have anything. This is the fruit of my work and when I earn this, it is because I conquered it. The same way I came here, I will be able to return to Europe.

“Whatever decision I make, somebody will talk good or bad about it. But, as we’ve seen with Paulinho moving to Barcelona, the players on our team – like myself, Hulk and Elkeson – have enough quality to return to Europe.”

Oscar also used the age at which he moved to Europe from Internacional as a defence of his decision, “I arrived very early in Europe. I arrived at the age of 19, 20 and remained at Chelsea for five years,” Oscar added.

“Of course, it would be much better to be a part of the Brazil national team. Moving here made that more difficult as I don’t have the same visibility as when I played in Europe, but my level of football is the same.”


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