Chelsea winger Willian has explained that he and his family’s desire to stay in London, as well as a variety of other factors, was the reason behind his decision to stay at Stamford Bridge rather than move to Barcelona last summer.
The Brazilian was reported to be close to a move to Spain throughout the close season and, after the Catalan giants initially killed the rumours by signing international compatriot Malcom, the speculation briefly arose again in January.
Ultimately, the move didn’t come to fruition, and the 31-year-old has knuckled down to re-establish himself as a key player with some important performances under Frank Lampard in recent weeks.
And when asked why he opted to stay, the winger had a simple explanation. “
“If I have to return to Brazil, I’d like to play at Corinthians again,” he said. “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.”
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