Brazilian Reveals Chelsea & Tottenham Offers

By on October 23, 2012

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Willian claims Chelsea and Tottenham tried to sign him.

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Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Willian has confirmed that Chelsea and Tottenham both tried to sign him in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent transfer windows after openly admitting his desire to play at a higher level.

Chelsea and Tottenham were reported to be heading the queue to land the talented attacker and the 24-year-old has now confirmed the London duo made their move in the summer.

Willian claimed it would have been a difficult choice to make, had the two clubs been able to agree a fee with Shakhtar, and he once again reiterated his desire to move to a ‘bigger stage’ in order to improve his chances of regaining his place in the Brazilian national team.

Ahead of Shakhtar’s Champions League encounter with Chelsea, Willian is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:

‘There were two offers in the summer,’

‘One from Chelsea and one from Tottenham. Choosing between the two clubs would be difficult. I don’t know.

‘I mean, Tottenham is a big club and it has a good person in charge. Andre Villas-Boas wanted to bring me to Chelsea and also tried at Tottenham.

‘He always sends me messages. We are always in touch, and he has become a friend, for sure. And Chelsea is Chelsea. They are a great team, with amazing players and are the champions of Europe.

‘I would love to play for either of those clubs. But my mind remains at Shakhtar, and I’ll do my best to get the win against Chelsea. Everybody knows what my goal is. I’ve clearly stated that I would like to play in a bigger stage, whether it be England, Spain or Italy. I want to come back to the national team, and being in a bigger spotlight would help me get noticed.’

Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu also had his say on Willian’s potential move to Chelsea, claiming the move collapsed after the Blues failed to meet their asking price.

‘Willian was far away from Chelsea. They didn’t even get anywhere near to our requirements, having done nothing to make my promises to Willian come true.

‘Speaking specifically about the amounts, they officially offered the sum for which we had bought him young.

‘I would really like them to highly appreciate his true value tomorrow and realise that they made a big mistake.’

Lucescu is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail

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Whether Chelsea or Tottenham reignite their interest in January or next summer remains to be seen, but it’s clear the player is keen on a move and isn’t shy in letting people know it.

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