Former Chelsea attacking midfielder Oscar has revealed the reasons why he joined Chinese Super League and admitted that the money he was offered to join Shanghai SIPG was too good to turn down.
The stunning £60m move of the Brazilian star to China drew heavy criticism from some quarters with former Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher branding the move ’embarrassing’.
The 25-year-old Oscar, who scored on his debut for his new club in a friendly match versus Saudi Arabian Premier League side Al Batin this week, is reported to be earning a £400,000-a-week salary.
Oscar confessed that money played a big role in persuading him to leave the west London giants, but the chance to play a crucial role in building the profile of China’s domestic league was also one of key factors.
During his interview with Sky Sports, Oscar spoke about his transfer: ‘The transfer was good for me, good for Chelsea, good for Shanghai, and I’m so happy to come to the Chinese Super League.
‘I think the Chinese clubs [spend] a lot of money for the players to go to China, to make the league stronger. They made me an offer and I’m very happy to come.
‘They have lots of good projects. Of course the Premier League [has higher] level of players in the world, but the Chinese guys are very good. They help the new players a lot, and I hope they continue this because I come to help.’ He added.