Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has all but admitted that Oscar is indeed leaving the club to play for Shanghai SIPG in China.
"I am pleased with this level we have reached and with work we can improve".
Get 12/1 enhanced odds on Arsenal to beat Man City, or your money back as a free bet if you lose. "I'm getting used to it, I feel very comfortable". Before the money must be the passion, the passion for the sport, for football. Whether it is good in the long term for the player, or indeed the club he leaves, or those young players at his new club, is not so clear. A good player. For me, I was very proud to have him in my squad and have him as my player. I think when it will be the moment, you'll know Oscar's situation. Oscar still has a lot to give in European football, including the Premier League, and it feels like he is a batsman who has declared unexpectedly on an unbeaten score, striding across the boundary towards a gold-plated pavilion. I must be honest about this.
"But I understand him and his decision".
If they could not afford it, Premier League clubs would not do it but their vast wealth allows them to take punts on more young prospects than they ever did before.
The likes of former Chelsea players Demba Ba and Ramires, along with Gervinho and Graziano Pelle, are now playing in China.
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"The Chinese market is a danger for all teams in the world", Conte told a news conference ahead of Chelsea's visit to Crystal Palace on Saturday. I think that this league is fantastic and to play in this league is a great opportunity, a great honour. If you could sign any Premier League player, Hazard is who you would want.
"For this season, I don't worry about this".
"I don't know exactly the amount or the situation", said Conte of Oscar.
When quizzed on the challenge of managing such rich players, Conte continued: "I have said before, when there are incredible situations it's very hard to manage this".
"It's very hard. My style is to take the decision for the club, and to understand also some changed situation, or some massive offer". "It has always been our aim for the business to be stable independent of the team's results and we continue to reinforce that".