Chelsea star Oscar has confirmed he rejected a January move to the Chinese Super League as he still has "a lot of football" to give to the Stamford Bridge faithful. The 24-year-old Brazuk international said that a move to the Far East makes sense for a veteran player like Ramires, but would have gone against everything Oscar has achieved so far in England.
The Sun reported during the final days of the January transfer window that Jiangsu Suning had a stunning £57.5m ($81m) bid rejected by Chelsea to make the Brazilian international the Chinese record signing. The report added that the club have not given up in their intentions and will make a new move for him in the summer to partner him with Ramires and former Liverpool target Alex Teixeira, who joined the club during the winter mercato for £25m and £38.4m, respectively.
Guus Hiddink appeared to deny those reports while claiming it was just "speculation".
"Oscar is just speculation and we don't go into that," the boss said. "I think the club doesn't know anything about this so we are not going to speculate. Ramires had a great offer [from Jiangsu] and everyone agreed."
Oscar, however, has confirmed that the interest was real but he turned it down as he still has a job to do in the Premier League.
"Of course I was sad to see [Ramires] go in the sense that we're from the same country, we're friends, we speak the same language and help each other out, but it's a good move for him," the Brazilian said to The Independent.
"There was interest in me but I've no desire to leave Europe. The idea of moving to China would be such a huge change for me and would go against everything I've achieved so far.
"Chelsea are a fantastic, very big club and I'm still young. I'm only 24 so I've got a lot of football ahead of me."