Brazilian Midfielder Oscar Wants To Switch International Allegiance
Brazilian midfielder Oscar is keen on making an international switch so he can represent the Chinese national team.
The former Chelsea player left Stamford Bridge in January 2017 to join Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG for a reported £60 million and since that big-money move, he has enjoyed great success in the country.
Despite his lofty ambitions, the problem remains; FIFA laws do not allow players to switch allegiance if they have already represented their country in a competitive match.
Oscar, who has made 47 appearances for Brazil since making his debut in 2011, would like to see those regulations change.
"Of course I can think about it because it's difficult to go to the Brazil national team now because I'm here, but in China everyone sees how good I play." he told Sportscene.
"The China national team need one good midfielder, so I think I can help with this.
"I like China, but the players now who go to China to change their nationality, they can do better also."
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In an interview with CGTN, the international arm of China Central Television(CCTV), Oscar said he would consider to change nationality from:flag_br: to :flag_cn: (as Elkeson, Alan Carvalho, Fernando Henrique, Ricardo Goulart), if FIFA change national team eligibility rules. pic.twitter.com/ZVyDaNUkjL- Titan Sports Plus (@titan_plus) July 27, 2020
So why did Oscar decide to move to the Chinese Super League in the first place?
According to teammate Hulk, the Brazilian midfielder left the Premier League for Shanghai because of him.
"I talked to Oscar about Shanghai SIPG before he made the move." The former Porto player said to Chinese Media via Goal.
"I said to him that Shanghai is a beautiful city, the club is fantastic and we will get even better in the coming years. I also said our team-mates are very friendly and welcoming, which makes me feel pretty good. After hearing what I told him, he came."
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