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Name Willian
Gender Male
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazilian Footballer
Desc Willian scored the victory-sealing goal deep into stoppage time at Anfield. He helped Chelsea win the title a year later, and enjoyed his best goalscoring season in the Premier League when he notched eight for Conte’s triumphant team in 2016/17. He’s still at the Bridge but looks set to depart when his contract expires this summer

Affiliation

Org Brazil National Team
Club as Player Chelsea FC

Relationship

Agent Kia Joorabchain

2017 03 08 Retrieve

[Quotes on John Terry] He is definitely one of the greatest or maybe the greatest player of Chelsea’s history. He has won everything for this club. He is respected by all of us

2017 04 01 Retrieve

[Willian speaks after Brazil’s 3-0 win over Paraguay and the South Americans became the second team, after hosts Russia, to qualify for the 2018 World Cup] The way we are playing is being watched all over the world. People are saying that the champions are back. I think this is really important, to play with confidence. But it is also important to keep humble, realistic, be conscious that we haven’t won anything yet. And that our biggest aim is the World Cup. I guess we can celebrate for being qualified. We’re almost there or we have just sealed our passport, but everybody knows which celebration we want to make the most

2018 06 02 Retrieve

[Willian speaks about the mood in the team’s camp ahead of the World Cup] I think we will get on well in the World Cup. It’s hard to pinpoint favourites. There are four or five teams, including Brazil, that can reach the same level. The World Cup is a tournament that practically does not allow errors, especially in the final. From the last World Cup, we’ve learned the good and the bad sides of the tournament, which was the moment we were eliminated. This time my expectation is that we can experience only the good side

2019 01 27 Retrieve

[Higuain did not manage to get on the score sheet before being subbed off, and Willian says he tried to get the Argentine to take the penalty] No I want to give him the ball. Yes. I wanted him to score the first goal today. But it will come soon. We have a great relationship, we know each other inside the pitch.

We know the quality of the players we have in front, a lot of quality players, technical players so it’s great when you have players like Higuain, Hudson-Odoi, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud. It’s good for Chelsea

2019 07 23 Retrieve

[Willian claims he will be inheriting the Chelsea number ten shirt from Eden Hazard] Number ten is now mine. The club has said it will change [my shirt number] and it will be mine. I have always liked playing with number ten. Since I was a kid playing indoors football, I have always used the number ten. At Corinthians I was also number ten

: 2019 08 03 Willian will wear the No.10 shirt at Chelsea in the 2019-20 season, succeeding Eden Hazard after the Belgian attacker left to join Real Madrid.

2019 09 12 Retrieve

[Willian says Chelsea can win titles this season] I think Chelsea can win some titles this season. I know it will be hard this season to win titles, as usual, it is always hard. It is difficult when you lose players like David Luiz, Eden Hazard, but we have some quality young players here who can improve a lot and in the future become one of the best players in the league. I think we have a great team. But Chelsea is a big club and this shirt is heavy. When Chelsea go into a competition we go to win. It does not matter the players, it does not matter the coach, every year we want to win something, and I think this year we can do it again

[Willian also believes that club legend Lampard is the right man to guide Chelsea forward] It has been good to work with him. He is a great man. The quality of training has been good. Of course we have to give some time to adapt, it is a new profile, a new philosophy, but I think we will adapt

[Willian is still looking for his first goal of 2019-20, having been charged with the task of filling the void created by Eden Hazard’s departure] I had an injury when I was at Copa America and I needed some time in training to recover, but now I am 100 per cent. I have to continue to train hard and when I have time to play I have to play well.

2019 09 16 Retrieve

[Willian is hoping to be offered a contract extension at Chelsea] From my side, I want to stay. I have one year left and I want to stay because I like to play for Chelsea. I love this club, I love to live in London and my family loves it here. I have been here six years already so everything is perfect for me. Of course [there is more I want to do at Chelsea], win the Champions League! I want to win more titles here, I want to play more games, to score more goals so everything that I can do, I will try hard to do

[Lampard has made a positive impression, despite being relatively inexperienced in a coaching capacity, and Willian is hoping that his fifth manager sticks around longer than some of his predecessors] I enjoy a lot to work with him. He was a fantastic player, one of the best in the world, and now I hope he can become one of the best managers in the world so, I think he has everything to achieve this. Is it a change of culture? I hope so, because I am here for six years, I have had already five managers. I hope he can stay here a long, long time.

2019 09 18 Retrieve

[Willian has confirmed he asked to take the crucial penalty which Ross Barkley failed to convert in Chelsea’s Champions League loss to Valencia on Tuesday] He was confident about taking it and I asked to take it too. But he was confident. He ended up missing it. That could happen to me or any other player, like Jorginho who also takes the penalties. It is important he keeps his head up. When you win, you win together and when you lose, you lose together too

[The result left Lampard’s men with work to do ahead of next month’s trip to Ligue 1 side Lille, who were 3-0 losers to Ajax in Group H’s other game] We expected a positive result. We expected to start at home with a victory, but unfortunately we lost it. We have five games left to qualify. I think we have a chance, of course. We have to improve and we have to keep our heads up and keep working. We have everything in front of us

2019 09 20 Retrieve

[Willian feels Tammy Abraham’s early-season form is helping to ease the pain of Chelsea losing superstar Eden Hazard to Real Madrid] I think Hazard’s exit was a big loss. Eden is a player that can make the difference, but I think we have players that can continue to make the difference as well. Abraham is playing well at the moment. He is scoring lots of goals and I am very happy for him. The young players are doing well. They can improve a lot. I think Chelsea is Chelsea. No matter the players we have, we have to fight until the end in every competition. That’s what we want to do this season

We lost some great players. David Luiz and Hazard. I am happy for Eden because it was his dream to go there. I hope he continues doing the same magic he did here. I think that he will be successful. I sure hope so. David and I are very close. We are very good friends. He is one of the best friends that I have in football. It is strange to see him wearing red, but we are friends. Now we have to play against each other and I have to do something against him. Yes, of course I will celebrate hard if I score against Arsenal

[The Brazil international is working with entrepreneurs Hellen Grasso and Rafael Alves, alongside Vanessa Martins, Willian’s wife, and he is keen to make an impact off the pitch with his new project, which was launched at Stamford Bridge on Sunday] Yes, of course. I have a lot of things I can give. In this online course, we talk about frustration, never giving up, discipline and all these things that can make the difference to become a successful player. I think it will help them a lot. I was planning this online course about six or seven months ago with my wife and friends. We had a conversation where we can do something to make a difference in the life of young people. That’s what I want to do to make a difference in their lives. To help them achieve their purpose. I think it will be very, very interesting

2019 09 29 Retrieve

[Willian calls on Chelsea to kill off opponents for Brighton and Hove Albion in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Stamford] he game could have been 3-0 or 4-0. In the first half we created a lot of chances and I think we have to be more clinical. We cannot miss chances like this and we have to now think about the next game. We needed [the win]. We have been working hard every day, every game and this time we finally got the result, got the three points at home and we have to carry on. We have to continue in the same way

[Willian hopes his side can build on back-to-back wins and a rare shutout] I enjoy it a lot. I enjoy myself, I enjoy it with my team-mates and I have pleasure to play with them and this is what I want - to have pleasure, play, enjoy myself on the pitch and get the results. The clean sheet means we get confidence now. We will have more confidence in the next games and we have to carry on the same way. If we want to stay at the top end of the table we have to win points and win games, so we go for it. We have to keep pushing and working hard, and I think we can do that

2019 10 02 Retrieve

[Willian was also happy to secure a win on a night in which he made his 300th appearance for Chelsea where his side secure a 2-1 victory over Lille in the Champions League] We needed to win, we have been working hard and the lads did an amazing job. Now we have to carry on

2019 10 03 Retrieve

[How Willian went from the streets of Sao Paulo to Stamford Bridge. On Wednesday evening in Lille, Willian made his 300th appearance for Chelsea] My dad was working in the street and my mum was working every day as a cleaner. My life was like that. Growing up was very difficult. Sometimes we didn’t have money to go to training so they asked somebody to give us some. My parents gave everything. They sacrificed, they went to work. Sometimes they worked 24 hours, so they called friends to help us. They did everything for me to become a football player. [When I got my first pay cheque at Corinthians], I got an apartment for my family and I bought a car for my dad as well. I also got my first car. I had seen players buy a Land Rover but my first car was only a Celta. But I was still so happy

[For Willian, then, the app is an attempt to provide a helping hand to those less fortunate than himself] I started to play at four years old. I went to Corinthians at nine years old. Then, it started to become more serious. I was actually playing against Corinthians at the time but, at the end of a game, the manager from Corinthians came to me and said that they liked me. ‘Where are you parents? Are they here?’ they asked. I said yes, so they had a conversation with my dad. They said, ‘We want your son to come and stay with us for a week so we can see him play more.’ I went there and stayed for nine years before becoming a professional. In my head, it was like ‘I want to become a professional player.’ I had a dream and I went for it but I couldn’t do it alone. That’s what people have to know, especially parents. The dad and mum, they can’t do it alone. If something bad happens, you can’t give up. You have to push, like my mum did with me. She never gave up in difficult situations. My parents wanted me to live my dream

[In October 2016, Willian was left devastated when his mother, Donna Zee, passed away in hospital after battling a brain tumour for two-and-a-half years] It was a difficult moment but I had people that supported me and helped me a lot. It was very hard and thanks to God I turned the situation around to continue my career

2019 10 14 Retrieve

[Willian offers Chelsea future hint as contract runs down towards free agency] I always believed I could play so many games. I had to believe. It’s difficult to achieve this number, especially when you play for a big club like Chelsea because there are many, many players that are fighting for the same position. It was a challenge for me. In football you have to prove yourself every day, in every game. When you stop doing that you have to stop playing. You have to prove it to yourself as well. I have done that.

I have been here already for six years, I have had different managers, different players in the squad, and I was proving every training session, every game, that I can play many, many years for this club. I think I have improved a lot. Every game you can learn from. Then after every game you ask yourself ‘What have I done well, what have I not done well?’ I always want to continue improving. Now I’m very proud to reach this number, and I hope for 300 more to come!

[Willian, who joined the Blues from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013] To achieve this number for this club is unbelievable. It was my dream to come to play for Chelsea. I always wanted to play for this club. I had this affection with this club since they made an offer for me when I was at Shakhtar. I started watching the games and supporting this team. I loved the name, ‘Chelsea’. The colour blue. And then I had the chance to play at Stamford Bridge for Shakhtar. When I stop playing, my name will be there. No-one can cross it off. I feel proud of that

2019 10 14 Retrieve

[Willian: Weird playing for Lampard but titles are the target for Chelsea] He was an intelligent player, one of the best in his position. A quality player. When you see players like him you can say maybe in the future he can become a manager, and he’s here with us! It’s a bit weird he is my boss now, but I am very happy to work with him again. He has given me the confidence to play. He wants me to be happy.

A part of the performances I have had in the past couple of games I have to dedicate to him. He always says to me ‘I want you to be happy’. That’s why I have been playing like I have been. I think our style of play has helped me, but not only that. The freedom he gives to us is important as well. I don’t have to stay on the right side. I can move around, I can move between the lines, I can move to the left side as well. I feel good playing in this way and that’s why I have been playing better and better. I hope to continue like this

[A man who has reached the 300-appearance mark for the club this season] To continue to play, to play at my best level, goals, assists, and to win titles. If you play for this club you have to think about winning titles because Chelsea always wants to win. We know there’s a new coach, a new philosophy, but we can win something important. That’s what I want

2019 10 25 Retrieve

[Willian says a retracing of those steps does not form part of his plans at present] Of course when you talk about Corinthians, the club that launched me, I have a great affection. But honestly, I don’t think about returning to Brazil. I think I have a lot of wood to burn here in Europe. I have a market. I’m very happy here at Chelsea. Of course my contract is ending now, at the end of the season it’s over. But I’m happy at Chelsea and I plan to stay here

[Willian has aired a preference to remain with his current Premier League employers on a regular basis] From my side, I want to stay. I have one year left and I want to stay because I like to play for Chelsea. I love this club, I love to live in London and my family loves it here. I have been here six years already so everything is perfect for me. Of course [there is more I want to do at Chelsea], win the Champions League! I want to win more titles here, I want to play more games, to score more goals so everything that I can do, I will try hard to do

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Willian admits to receiving Barcelona offer as Chelsea contract continues to run down] The only real official offer I had came from Barcelona, last year, after the World Cup. Barcelona indeed presented an offer to Chelsea but it was rejected. That was the only actual time I had to discuss something like this with my family, although we really love it here (London). So there were several factors that helped us in staying

If I have to return to Brazil, I’d like to play at Corinthians again. It represents a lot, I was born and raised there, my footballing career began there when I was nine, I’ve spent my entire childhood there. I’ve been a Corinthians fan since I was little, even before I played there, my family also supports the club. So when I got there all my relatives were very happy, and then, after I got to the first team, everyone was overjoyed

2019 11 11 Retrieve

[Willian says Brazil not scared of Messi and Argentina despite Neymar absence] He [Messi] is a great player, unmatched, the best in the world. We’ve faced Argentina when he played before, and this will be just like those times. There must be more attention on him, we must restrict his spaces. We’ll not man-mark him, but whoever is around him must close down the spaces, not leave him room to think

2019 11 11b Retrieve

[Brazil star Willian has called for proper sanctions to be imposed upon Dynamo Kiev after former Shakhtar Donetsk team-mate Taison was targeted with racial abuse by opposition supporters in Sunday’s derby encounter] It’s another sad episode for football. We players must do whatever we can to make sure this stops, but the institutions and federations have a greater responsibility on this. They must address these situations when they happen and apply the proper sanctions to make sure this kind of thing stops once and for all. These situations make me sad

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Willian has also spoken about returning to Brazil at some point and playing for boyhood club Corinthians] If I have to return to Brazil, I’d like to play at Corinthians again. It represents a lot, I was born and raised there. My footballing career began there when I was nine, I’ve spent my entire childhood there. I’ve been a Corinthians fan since I was little, even before I played there, as my family also supports the club

2019 11 18 Retrieve

[Chelsea in talks to extend Willian’s deal despite Barcelona interest] The only real offer I had to leave Chelsea came from Barcelona last year, after the World Cup. Barca presented an offer to Chelsea but it was rejected. That was the only time I ever had to discuss something like that with my family, but we really love it here [in London]. So there were several factors that helped me stay

[Willian himself has weighed in on his future] I’m very happy here at Chelsea. My contract is ending now and at the end of the season it’s over, but I’m happy and I plan to stay here

2019 11 28 Retrieve

[When asked whether there was a new contract offer on the table] No, not yet. No, I don’t want to talk to them [other clubs] because I have a contract until the end of the season. I am a Chelsea player but I just want to say the club know what I want to do. Honestly, I’m happy here. I feel happy to play for this club but this situation is not in my hands. I wait for them. They know what I want, what I want to do. They already know so I wait for them

[The Brazilian insists that having a less experienced dressing room is helping him feel young again] I feel young. Every day they learn with me and I learn with them. It’s a mix. I feel very young. I feel happy to play with them. Actually I feel that Chelsea always want to win something. In the past we did it and we want to do it again with these young players. We have to continue to work hard to go in the same way

[Lampard admitted that his side were a bit lucky and that the match could have ended 5-5 or 6-6 post-match] The end of the game was crazy, you know, and it’s difficult to play here against Valencia with the atmosphere. At least we got a point and now we have a decider at home. I think we got a little bit lucky but it was like this so now we go to the game against Lille. I think we have been playing well. I think first half we created some chances and conceded some counterattacks but we were always in control with the ball, possession. Second half after our second goal they pressed a lot and we started to give them counterattacks. That’s why they created a lot of chances at the end of the game. But we got one point, now we have to decide at home

2019 12 12 Retrieve

[Willian has confirmed that he is engaging in talks with the club over a new contract] I have stated several times my wish is to stay at Chelsea. I like the club very much, I feel very welcome here, as well as my family, and we love living in London. However, I’m in the middle of the season and I try not to think about it so as not to lose focus on the field. My agent and the club are talking and I hope we can have some good news soon. In transfer windows it is normal to have bids and speculation, especially for players who are in the final year of their contract. But my focus is 100 per cent on Chelsea and the season

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Willian seeks consistency after win over Mourinho’s Spurs] It was one of our best performances of the season but now we have to keep doing the same. We cannot keep going up and down, we have to carry on and keep the momentum. We have many games coming and if we want to stay near the top, we need to win more of them

We did a brilliant job. It was a big win, a big game and everyone is happy. We fought for every ball. We know we have quality to play but this kind of game is about how you fight and be mentally strong – we did everything

We surprised them in that situation. They couldn’t press us, we created a lot, we pressed well and we had more control in the game. Everybody did an amazing job

2019 12 23b Retrieve

[Willian said that he wants fans to receive bans from all UK stadiums if they are involved in racist incidents] Of course, it’s difficult to see this [racism] situation. We are there; we are inside the pitch to do our job and to do our best. It’s difficult when these situations happen. So us, inside the pitch, we have to stay concentrated and leave the decision to the referee and we did it. It’s a shame, we have to find a solution to stop this kind of thing. I think the people that did this to Toni have to not be in any stadium. I think that they will have to find a solution to stop. I think we just report to the referee the situation and we just continue to do this

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[Willian wants action against racism following Rudiger abuse] It’s a shame. It’s very disappointing, I don’t know how people can think like that. In their team, they [Tottenham] have black players as well. I really don’t understand what they think or why they do these kinds of things. I think we have to find, together, a way to stop this. It’s a shame for everyone. Inside the pitch you cannot think much about this otherwise you are not concentrating [on your job]. We did all that we could do, our captain reports it to the referee that we had a manifestation of racism and the referee decides what to do. I hope we see more action from the federations, that’s what we want

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Willian eager to remain in London as Chelsea contract nears expiration] I have played for Chelsea for more than six years now, and I can honestly say that I am very happy here. If you ask my wife if she wants to leave London, she’ll say no. My daughters feel the same way. Of course, Brazil is Brazil, right? It’s our home, our culture. We always feel good when we go there on holiday and see family and friends, but London is my second home.

In fact, I recently passed a British citizenship test. Man, it was hard. It’s British history in a nutshell. Some questions are so difficult that not even some of my British friends knew the answers! As it turned out, I failed on my first two attempts, but got it on the third. I am now a British citizen! So, London is where I want to stay. This is where I have my family, my church. I want my daughters to grow up here

2020 02 26 Retrieve

[Willian claims he could leave Chelsea as they refuse to offer him three-year deal] It’s a difficult situation because Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change what they offered. I said I wanted three more years. The situation is difficult because of this. I really don’t know if it will be possible [to stay]. My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning games. I have a clear head and focused for the rest of the season that we have left. I think it’s difficult [to stay]. Let’s see what happens

2020 03 09 Retrieve

[Willian responds to Arsenal FC links after wife hints at London stay despite Chelsea contract deadlock] We really like London, I have said it many times. It is a city where my family and I love to live. I don’t know why she [his wife] published this post, but the contract situation really isn’t easy. sChelsea offered me two years, I asked for three years and everything stopped there

Of course when you talk about Corinthians, the club that launched me, I have a great affection. But honestly, I don’t think about returning to Brazil. I think I have a lot of wood to burn here in Europe. I have a market. I’m very happy here at Chelsea. Of course my contract is ending now, at the end of the season it’s over. But I’m happy at Chelsea and I plan to stay here

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[Willian have kickstarted Chelsea’s season] We really like London, I have said it many times. It is a city where my family and I love to live… but the contract situation really isn’t easy. Chelsea offered me two years, I asked for three years and everything stopped there

2020 03 18 Retrieve

[Willian vows to see out 2019-20 campaign with Chelsea despite being no closer to new contract] My contract really ends, I think in July. And if I had to play on those dates, in these months, I think it would be no problem for me to end the league in a way which would be loyal to the club, as they always were with me. Regardless of a signed paper. But it’s clear that this is not a certainty, we don’t know what can happen. But without a doubt, as always, I will always be ready to give the best to my club regardless of my contract situation

No, nothing new, no news. Especially after what’s happening, everything stopped. But so far no news about anything

[Willian and the rest of the Chelsea squad have been self-isolating] The instructions they passed on to us were that no one should leave the house. Unless there’s something you need to buy, at the market or at the pharmacy. But we shouldn’t leave the house, not to go to any other type of place. And if the club knew something that the players would be leaving, they would fine us. That’s what they said to us

2020 03 30 Retrieve

[Willian: Liverpool’s success down to sticking with Klopp for five years but Chelsea have their own way] I think the secret [to Liverpool’s success] is continuity. The coach has been with the club for almost five years. When you have continuity, you can win titles. They had a sequence of important victories, which shows the maturity of the team. You have to have time to get things done, and Liverpool have had a coach and a philosophy for a long time. The team is the same, it is only one or two players that change, the base is the same. At Manchester City too, Guardiola has been there for a long time, the philosophy is always the same

Chelsea change a lot. In seven years, I have had five different coaches and philosophies. But even so, we won titles, because Chelsea always had that, it has always been like that and the club has continued to win titles. I think each club has a profile.

Sarri is a good coach. I can’t tell you what happened. He had an interesting tactical idea, he liked to play a beautiful game, with the ball. Anyway, he won a title, the Europa League, and third place in the Premier League. I don’t know why it wasn’t better. He was a very calm guy on a daily basis

2020 03 30b Retrieve

[Willian hopes to remain in Premier League as Chelsea contract nears its end] My desire is to stay in the Premier League, but I don’t rule out playing in other leagues, no. I’m going to play until the end of the season and see what happens. I’m very used to England

About Corinthians, everyone asks me this question. Of course, I have affection for the club, I joined there when I was nine, I left when I was 18, I spent most of the time there, I have many friends there, the whole family was a Corinthians player before I played there. But today, I don’t think about going back to play. My goal is to continue in Europe. I feel that I am at the peak today. We acquire something over the years, and I believe it is the peak of my career, yes

I think about being an entrepreneur in football. I think that, because of my posture, my way of being, I don’t see myself as a coach. As an entrepreneur, yes, taking care of the players’ career, in the same way that I did, I also want to help in the lives of other young people, helping and helping those in need

2020 04 06 Retrieve

[Willian likely to leave Chelsea in the summer but wants to stay in Europe] I’ve built something fantastic at Chelsea. I’m especially fond of the fans and the people that work there, and I’ve felt very settled. Everyone knows my contract is up in a few months and it looks like it’ll be difficult to secure an extension. I think it’s unlikely that I’ll renew because Chelsea offered me a two-year deal, I asked for three and it ended there. There were no more talks or negotiations. Chelsea said that three years would be impossible, so at the moment it seems unlikely that I’ll extend, but nothing is impossible. We don’t know what might happen. We might suddenly reach an agreement, but what I can say today is that my contract is up and I’ll be free to negotiate with any club

At the moment I’m not thinking about going back to Brazil and my aim is to stay in Europe. I think there’s still scope for me to do that in the current market and continue playing at the top level for a few more years. My target is to remain in Europe. If I do end up heading back to Brazil, Corinthians would be a great club for me to end my playing career at. It’s where I broke through and I’m very fond of it. I’m a professional and wouldn’t rule any other clubs out, but as I do have a special bond with Corinthians, that would be more likely

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Coronavirus: Willian uneasy over Premier League restart but vows to play on for Chelsea after contract expires] If we restart playing without fans but there’s contact on the pitch and maybe we can spread the virus between us. It’s not a bad idea but they have to know very carefully what’s going to happen. Maybe a player can have the virus and we play against each other, you know? I play against someone and I get the virus then I go home after the game to stay with my family and pass the virus to my wife or daughters. So we have to be careful about that

I want to give everything for Chelsea until the end like I always did, until the end of my contract, until the end of the league. I have to discuss with the club to see what we are going to do, but for me, from my side, I have no problem to play until the end of the season

[Hudson-Odoi was confirmed to have the virus on March 11, before English football was put on hold. Indeed, he had played alongside Willian and his other Chelsea team-mates against Everton three days earlier] We shook hands and hugged each other. So after that when he tested positive for the coronavirus I think everyone was worried about it. But none of us felt any symptoms

2020 04 22 Retrieve

[Willian backed to swap Chelsea for Juventus] I want to give everything for Chelsea until the end like I always did, until the end of my contract, until the end of the league. I have to discuss with the club to see what we are going to do. But for me, from my side, I have no problem to play until the end of the season

2020 05 03 Retrieve

[Chelsea’s Willian opens door to Arsenal or Tottenham move] really is a hard decision. I identified myself a lot at Chelsea, I have a lot of love for everyone at the club, and the fans. However, it is like I said before, if I leave Chelsea with no trouble and leaving the doors open, it would be fine to move to a rival club

[Pressed on whether a move abroad could also be an option] I don’t know. I like London and so does my family. However, this is a question that I still don’t know the answer to, if I will stay at Chelsea, move to another team from London, or leave England.

[Willian went on to deny that ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been in contact over a possible reunion Tottenham] No, no. I did not get anything from Mourinho even though I have a good relationship with him. He is not only a great coach but also a great friend of mine. Sometimes we talk but regarding this situation, he totally respects it. I learnt a bit from each of them [my other managers] but I identified myself more with Mourinho for sure. He trusted in my potential, liked my football, gave me full confidence to play. He is the best coach I have worked with

2020 05 17 Retrieve

[Willian says Majority of Premier League players uncomfortable about returning] Majority of Premier League players uncomfortable about returning. We’re really keen to return, we really miss playing and doing what we love. But it needs to be safe for us to do so. That’s how we’re looking at it. Our health has to come first. So right now, players don’t feel comfortable with the idea of returning until it’s totally safe to do so. Our squad has spoken a lot over the internet, via different apps, and we’ve had some meetings too. Lampard has sent us information about what the Premier League wants to do. We still don’t know how things are going to play out, moving forward. Hopefully, we’ll know in the next few days. The Premier League is going to have a meeting and then they’ll inform us about the next steps.

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Willian open to temporary Chelsea deal but long-term future remains in doubt] It’s a difficult situation because Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change what they offered. I said I wanted three more years. The situation is difficult because of this. I really don’t know if it will be possible [to stay]. My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning games. I have a clear head and I’m focused for the rest of the season that we have left. I think it’s difficult [to stay]. Let’s see what happens

2020 06 24 Retrieve

[Willian, like most modern footballers, has seen his fair share of criticism on social media] In terms of social media, I remember the back-end of my playing career I had a couple of moments of viewing of what fans thought of me, either Chelsea or outside. And it kind of stopped me wanting to look at it again because if you were to view social media, you’d never pick a team, you’d change it every two seconds. And I suppose that’s the beauty of football in one way, that everyone has opinions. My opinion, fortunately, is the important one here at the moment, at the club. And I get to see what the players are like, how they train day to day, so when you make a selection people might comment on from the outside, they don’t see what you see. And I have a huge value on training, how players behave and work in training in the week. I knew Willian had it as a player because I’ve played with him. I think we’ve all seen it on the pitch this year, his work ethic off the ball, his creation and his work on the ball, and you saw it against Aston Villa as well. So I think, generally, Chelsea fans hold him in real high regard. It’s difficult in the modern day to take a view on what social media says from all over the world. I think people who are in the club know the value of him, and no matter what happens at the end of the season, he’s been a fantastic servant for the club