Chinese football's new superstar recruit Oscar has made a huge claim, revealing that the Chinese Super League can rival the Premier League in terms of competition in the near future.
The 25-year-old who joined Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea in a club-record £60m move, feels that the Chinese league can give competition to the Premier League if more European superstars make the move to the Far East.
"If they continue in this way, maybe yes, because they have lots of good projects. Of course the Premier League [has higher] level of players in the world, but the Chinese guys are very good. They help the new players a lot, and I hope they continue this because I come to help", Oscar said to Sky Sports.
"The transfer was good for me, good for Chelsea, good for Shanghai, and I'm so happy to come to the Chinese Super League. I think the Chinese clubs [spend] a lot of money for the players to go to China, to make the league stronger. They made me an offer and I'm very happy to come."
The Brazilian joined fellow countryman Hulk and Elkeson at Shanghai with the team currently coached by former Blues manager Andre Villas Boas. In fact, the Chinese League has seen a slew of players from Chelsea join their ranks with Ramires and John Obi Mikel currently plying their trade there while former Blues defender Ricardo Carvalho is another who is set to join them later this month.