With David Luiz and Willian now back together at Arsenal, it seems they’ve been trying to recruit an old teammate.
Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar spoke to Fox Sports Brasil at the weekend, recalling his time in the Premier League and talking about the future of his career.
The 29-year-old left the Blues in 2017 for Shanghai SIPG, and has a contract with the Chinese side running until 2024.
But with his former Chelsea teammates now moving to North London, he says he’s been invited to join them at Arsenal.
“They called me, they had to call me. Because we have good communication. Sometimes I talk to them. They said ‘come to Arsenal, come here’
“But for me it’s a little more difficult. I have a contract with Shanghai, it’s a little more difficult to leave. Willian had finished the contract. I was happy that they got together again. And happy that Willian is happy. The most important thing is to be happy, regardless of the place. So I hope they are happy there.”
Arsenal wouldn’t be his first option in case he returns to Europe. Oscar was asked if he has any priorities for when he leaves China, and he claims there’s still a lot of love for Chelsea, besides some interest in playing for a couple of Italian clubs.
“I really want to go back to Europe. Not now. At the moment I’m well here in China, I still have my contract here, which I hope to fulfil. And I had approaches, I had approaches from some clubs to go back. But the situation is difficult for me to return, it’s a little more complicated for me to get out of here. So I hope to fulfil my contract here calmly and then yes I think about going back to Europe.
“Of course the first club I’d choose if I could go back to Europe is Chelsea, for sure, which is the club that I built a very beautiful history with.
“And when I was a child I watched the Italian league a lot because there were many Brazilians there. So there are some teams from Italy that I like a lot, like Inter, Milan. So I’d think about going to the Italian league if I return one day.”
Oscar featured for Chelsea between 2012 and 2015. He managed 38 goals and 37 assists in 203 appearances for the Blues.