Antonio Conte has expressed regrets that Chelsea midfielder Oscar is heading for Shanghai SIPG in a £60 million deal. Conte said this during a press conference on Friday.
According to Chelsea FC’s Italian manager,
“Oscar is a really good player. For me, I was very proud to have him in my squad and have him as my player. I’m proud of his attitude, his commitment and his behaviour, which have been fantastic.
“I have great respect for every decision made by a single player. If you ask me, ‘are you sorry?’ then yes, I am sorry. I am sorry because he’s leaving as a really good player and a really good man. I must be honest about this. But, also, I understand him.
“For this reason, I think I can understand if some players say yes to this. Sometimes it’s very difficult to face this situation. But I think, also, that we are in the best league. Now, to arrive in the Premier League is a great opportunity to fight for the title against fantastic players and coaches.
“England is the best in the world if you have ambition to test yourself against the other teams with this reality.
“I think the most important thing for us must be the passion. The passion for football. If you haven’t got that, it’s no good. No good. I repeat: This concept is very important. Before the money must be the passion, the passion for the sport, for football.
“We started to play when we were children without money, and only for the passion. Then, also, came money but the passion is more important, for me.”