Carra: Oscar’s China move is ’embarrassing’

Sarah Winterburn

Seriously, we could write anything here because all you’re doing is staring at the picture but here goes…

Jamie Carragher has described Oscar’s decision to leave Chelsea for the £400,000 wages on offer in China as ’embarrrassing’.

The 25-year-old Brazilian is on the verge of completing a £52m move to the Chinese Super League, where he will earn football’s third highest wages behind Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

‘It is a sad day for football when a player about to enter his prime moves for financial reasons and nothing else,’ writes Carragher in his Daily Mail column.

‘The money is astronomical, but it’s not as if he is on a pittance at Chelsea.

‘This is not a move to further his career. He will talk about the league growing in China, the chance to work with Andre Villas-Boas and the excitement about a new adventure — but we all know those words will be nonsense.

‘He has gone for the size of the contract. Nothing else. Players used to look for a pay day in their mid-thirties when their career was coming to an end. We all understood that.

‘With the riches now on offer in China, I could understand a player’s head getting turned when he reaches 30 – but 25?

‘It is embarrassing that a player would give up his career and the chance to compete for the biggest prizes in the game just for money.’