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Willian: Oscar has already said goodbye

Oscar (Getty Images)
Oscar (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea midfielder Oscar seems all set to leave Stamford Bridge and head to the Chinese Super League after Willian revealed that he has already bid adieu to his team-mates. 

It is understood that Shanghai SIPG have offered £60 million to acquire the Brazilian’s services and Oscar recently revealed that the deal is “90 per cent” done. 

Even though the transfer has yet to be confirmed, it seems that Willian is convinced Oscar will leave Chelsea. 

"(Oscar) has already sad goodbye. A great friend is leaving, but we wish the best for him and his family as well," Willian told ESPN Brasil. "A player's career can be quick, so when such an opportunity comes you think about your family. You want to be prepared for when you have to stop playing."

On Friday, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said that he respected Oscar’s decision, but questioned why the talented 25-year-old is seriously considering plying his trade in China. 

"Before the money must be the passion, the passion for football," Conte had said. "We started to play when we were children without money, only passion. Then came money, but the passion is more important than money for me. If you have not got that passion, it is no good.

"Oscar is a really good player. I was very proud to have him in my squad and have him as my player. I am proud of his attitude, his commitment and his behaviour, which have been fantastic. I have great respect for every decision made by a player. If you ask me, 'Are you sorry?' then yes, I am sorry. I am sorry because he is leaving as a really good player and a really good man.

"But I understand him and his decision. As a player, you have to take the best decision. Sometimes you can say no, but other times you have to say yes. They are offering a lot of money. Maybe you only think about it for one second or 10 seconds, but it is very difficult not to think about it if the offer is amazing."

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