Thursday, June 21, 2018

Oscar happy at Chelsea


Chelsea F.C. midfielder Oscar has insisted he has no plans to leave Stamford Bridge amid reports suggesting Jose Mourinho is ready to listen to offers for the player.

The Brazil international, who joined Chelsea from Brasileirão side Internacional for a fee of around £20 million in the summer of 2012, has tallied six goals and seven assists in 26 English Premier League appearances for the Blues this season.

However, Oscar’s long-term future remains up in the air, especially when considering Mourinho paid £23.3 million to land Juan Cuadrado from Italian Serie A side Fiorentina in January. 

“I’m very happy here,” said Oscar, who has been substituted in 18 of 24 league appearances in 2014/15. “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.

“There are different tactics depending on the opponents we face, and we respect the manager’s choices. Sometimes I’ve ended up not playing the entire match, but I’m doing my best to fulfil my role.”

Dybala set for summer move

Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini has revealed star forward Paulo Dybala will be sold sometime this month.

Earlier this season, Zamparini placed a £31 million price-tag on the Argentine, who has bagged 13 goals and nine assists in 30 Serie A appearances for the Rosanero this season.

Dybala, who is reportedly attracting interest from Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus, Manchester United and Roma, will likely be sold to the highest bidder in the very-near future.

“We will sell Dybala by the end of April,” Zamparini told Tuttosport.

“In Italy Juventus and Roma are the teams most interested in the lad and he would certainly help them.

“But foreign clubs are also in the mix.”

According to reports, Dybala’s preference would be to join Juventus, but, nonetheless, the 21-year-old’s agent Pierpaolo Triulzi, is scheduled to travel to London and France to listen to offers for the player.

“Triulzi has the green light from me and is going to Paris and London to listen to offers, then we’ll evaluate them together,” Zamparini added.

“We will also meet with [Juventus general manager] Giuseppe Marotta again. Perhaps he will want to raise his offer.”

At the moment, Juventus are unwilling to meet Palermo’s valuation for Dybala, but a bidding war could suddenly change their position.


Shawn Etemadi



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