Oscar dismisses reports linking him with Chelsea exit

Oscar has dismissed speculation linking him with a summer transfer from Chelsea, insisting he is perfectly happy with life at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues paid a little more than £19million to lure the midfielder from Internacional in the summer of 2012, and he has gone on to score 30 goals in 148 appearances for the club in all competitions. He has also contributed to their UEFA Europa League triumph over Benfica in 2013, and was a late substitute as Jose Mourinho’s team defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup final this season.

However, whilst Oscar has started 24 times in the Premier League this term, he has been substituted in 18 of these and the Daily Mirror reported on Thursday that the title favourites are prepared to listen to offers for his signature in the summer. But speaking ahead of the clash with Manchester United on Saturday, the 23-year-old told Sky Sports that he intends to remain at Chelsea.

“I’m very happy here (at Chelsea),” he said. “I get along with everyone, and the club shows its praise towards me. Chelsea is one of the best clubs in the world, so I don’t see why I would think of leaving. I’m very happy with Chelsea’s season so far and happy with my own performance as well, but I do think I could have contributed more to the team, but I’m doing my best to fulfil my role.”

The Blues could go 10 points ahead of second-placed Arsenal if they defeat Louis van Gaal’s side in the capital, and with just six games left to play after this fixture, it would be a huge surprise if they weren’t celebrating a first title in five years come the end of the campaign. Oscar, though, is taking nothing for granted, and said: “It seems easy, but it’s definitely not. We face United and then Arsenal, and those will be like two finals for us, but we hope we can be the champions as soon as possible.”

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