‘China need one good midfielder, so I think I can help with this’: Ex-Chelsea star Oscar admits he would SWITCH his nationality to play for China if the rules allowed him to after falling out of favour with Brazil
- Oscar revealed that he would switch his nationality to China if he was allowed
- Former Chelsea midfielder has 47 caps for Brazil but has fallen out of favour
- Oscar is settled in China, where he has often impressed for Shanghai SIPG
Oscar left Chelsea to join Shanghai SIPG in January 2017 and is settled in China, where he has won a league title and the Chinese FA Super Cup.
FIFA rules state that players can’t represent another nation once they have played competitively for another country, but Oscar is eager for the rules to be altered.
Former Chelsea star Oscar says he would represent China internationally if he was permitted
Speaking to Sportscene, he said: ‘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.
‘And 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.’
Oscar has been capped by Brazil on 47 occasions but hasn’t been called up by them since 2016
Oscar made his senior debut for Brazil in 2011 and has been capped 47 times, scoring 12 goals.
He won the Confederations Cup in 2013 featured at the 2014 World Cup, but hasn’t been called up by Brazil since 2016, with his relocation to China not helping his cause.
While Brazil are third in the FIFA world rankings, China are 76th and haven’t qualified for a World Cup since 2002.