Willian: Oscar has already said goodbye to Chelsea ahead of China move, explains the reasons behind the transfer

Oscar has already said goodbye to his Chelsea teammates ahead of a financially lucrative move to the Chinese Super League, Willian has confirmed.

Antonio Conte’s side secured their 11th consecutive Premier League victory earlier this afternoon, courtesy of Diego Costa’s header at Crystal Palace.

But Oscar, who has two-and-a-half years left on his deal at Stamford Bridge, was not part of the Blues’ matchday squad as he edges closer to a £60million switch to Shanghai SIPG.

The 25-year-old has fallen out of favour under Conte and now appears to be set on moving to the Far East when the January transfer window opens.

“[Oscar] has already said goodbye. He’s a good friend and a great player,” Willian told ESPN Brazil.

“I wish him and his family all the best. A footballer’s career can be quick, and when an offer like this comes in you have to think of your family.

“You want to be prepared for when you have to stop playing.”

Oscar’s proposed fee is set to represent the biggest sum Chelsea have ever received for one of their players.

And Conte is set be handed a proportion of the fee to reinvest in his squad as he looks to strengthen Chelsea’s squad further ahead of the second half of the season.

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