Chelsea midfielder Oscar has revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid before making the move to England back in 2012.
The Brazilian international was heavily scouted by the Spanish giants, then coached by Jose Mourinho, but didn’t make the move from Brazil to Spain due to the threat of competition.
At the time, Madrid had Mesut Ozil providing the attacking threat from midfield, as well as Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo, so after much thought, they decided against signing the Internacional midfielder.
Then, just a few months later, the playmaker did leave Brazil and joined Chelsea, who are now managed by Mourinho, and in a recent interview, Ocsar revealed the interest from Madrid.
“A month before signing for Chelsea I was very close to doing so with Real Madrid as Mourinho said he wanted me.
“They came to watch me in the game against Denmark.
“Before the games there were talks with Madrid, but they had the playmaker position well covered. After the games, I signed for Chelsea.
“Upon his arrival at Chelsea, Mourinho spoke to me. He gives me confidence and I’m trying to return all such support on the pitch.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles