Brazilian international midfielder, Oscar, says he nearly joined Spanish giants Real Madrid last year.
Instead, he opted to joinChelsea, where he has already become a firm fans’ favourite, thanks to his Kaka-like class and midfield skill.
Oscar had flitted across the transfer radar of Jose Mourinho when The Special One was still manager at the Bernabeu.
There were talks between Los Blancos and Internacional, but it was Chelsea who ultimately broke the bank to lure Oscar to West London.
But 22-year-old Oscar admits that he actually came close to moving to Spain’s capital, as opposed to England’s.
"A month before signing for Chelsea I was very close to doing so with Real Madrid as Mourinho said he wanted me," Ocasr told Globoesporte.
"Before the game [Brazil’s friendly against Denmark in 2012] there were talks with Madrid, but they had the playmaker position well covered. After that, I signed for Chelsea."
Eventually, Oscar got the chance to play for Mou when he returned to Chelsea at the beginning of the season.
And the talented Selecao star says he already enjoys a healthy working relationship with the Portuguese manager.
"He talked to me as soon as he came to Chelsea," Oscar said of Mou.
"He gives me confidence and I'm trying to return all such support on the pitch."