Oscar: Chinese Super League can reach the levels of the Premier League

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   Oscar was asked if he moved to China for the money

"The fact that Oscar has signed for Shanghai means a lot for Chinese football", Villas Boas told DSP magazine in Qatar, where his team are preparing for the new season.

Oscar made a massive €60 million (£51m) switch from Premier League leaders Chelsea to SIPG earlier in January, linking up with fellow Brazil global Hulk and coach Andre-Villas Boas.

"He's a player that joins the Chinese Super League at the age of 25".

The former Chelsea midfielder made the move to China at the beginning of this month, joining the likes of Carlos Tevez, Hulk, Alex Teixeira and Ramires in Asia.

Oscar, who scored on his debut in a 2-1 friendly win over Al Batin, signed a contract that will reportedly see him earn €460,000 a week, but Hulk says it was his glowing praise of life in China that ultimately convinced his compatriot to move.

Asked if the Chinese Super League could one day rival the Premier League, Oscar told Sky Sports: "If they continue in this way, maybe yes, because they have lots of good projects".

"Of course the Premier League [has a better] level of players in the world, but the Chinese guys are very good".

'It's a hard move for him because there's a lot of pressure when such a young player comes from a big club like Chelsea directly to China'. Each new player is coming to help the team and I believe Oscar will help us a lot. I also said our teammates are very friendly and welcoming, which makes me feel pretty good.

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