Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has defended his decision to continue his career in China with Shanghai SIPG.

Oscar insists there is still enough time in his career to return to Europe and play for another “big club”.

He told Cop90: “Everyone who works, does that to earn money to take care of their family. In Brazil we had nothing, we were very poor. Now I pick the fruits of my work.

“China has unprecedented financial strength and sometimes players get deals that they can not refuse.

“When I came here, I thought more about my family than my career.

“I have rejected great chances at big clubs because I find my family important. They fully support that choice. I’m still young and can always return (to Europe).”