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Media Watch: Oscar not interested in joining Arsenal, Zola reflects on Sarri’s Juventus departure, Kalou celebrates academic achievement

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Oscar admits he would like to return to Stamford Bridge while Gianfranco Zola discusses the demands of managing a top club.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Oscar keen on Europe but not Arsenal

According to the Evening Standard, Oscar would like to return to play in Europe but is not interested in joining his former Chelsea team-mates Willian and David Luiz at Arsenal.

In an interview with Fox Sport Brasil, the 29-year-old revealed he was still in touch with the pair, who have encouraged him to join the Gunners from Chinese club Shanghai SIPG.

‘They called me, they had to call me, because we have good communication. Sometimes I talk to them,’ said the former Blues midfielder.

‘They said “come to Arsenal, come here”. But for me it’s a little more difficult. I have a contract with Shanghai, it’s a little more difficult to leave.

‘The most important thing is to be happy, regardless of the place. So I hope they are happy there.’

However, Oscar admitted he would love the opportunity to return to Stamford Bridge if the opportunity arose after scoring 38 goals in 203 appearances during his spell at the club from 2012 to 2016.

‘I really want to go back to Europe,’ he added. ‘Not now - at the moment I’m well here in China, I still have my contract here, which I hope to fulfil.

‘Of course the first club I’d choose if I could go back to Europe is Chelsea, for sure, which is the club that I built a very beautiful history with.

‘And when I was a child I watched the Italian league a lot because there were many Brazilians there. So there are some teams from Italy that I like a lot, like Inter, Milan. So I’d think about going to the Italian league if I return one day.’


Zola feels sorry for Sarri after Juve dismissal

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has admitted he feels sorry to have seen Maurizio Sarri dismissed by Juventus despite leading them to the Serie A title last season, goal.com reports.

The pair worked together at Stamford Bridge and helped the Blues win the Europa League in 2019 before Sarri moved back to Italy to take charge of Juve.

However, his tenure with the Bianconeri lasted only a single season with a league title success not proving enough to keep him in the job.

‘I’m a little sorry for him and his group, I worked with him for a year at Chelsea and it was very important for me,’ said Zola to Corriere della Sera.

‘We talked about it with Maurizio, that Juventus are a demanding team and sometimes it’s not even enough to win. There are many requirements that must be met.’


Kalou gets business degree

Goal.com reports former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has sent a heartfelt message to his late father after he completed a business degree in France.

After he received a degree in Business Administration from EM Lyon Business School, the Ivory Coast international tweeted a special message to his father Antoine, who passed away in 2016.

Wrote the 35-year-old: ‘Everything my dad taught me: “Embrace the knowledge. Appreciate it. If you keep your fists closed, nothing can come in. You got what you got, but you can’t get any more. But you wanna see what happens if your hands are open.” To that I say Amen. Wherever you at.’

Despite earning his academic qualifications, Kalou has not yet called time on his football career. He recently joined Brazilian top flight club Botafogo as a free agent following his departure from German side Hertha Berlin.

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