£30m-Rated Brazilian Talks-Up Chelsea Move But Snubs Tottenham

By on October 25, 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 talks up a move to Chelsea.

Shakhtar Donetsk Willian

Long-term Tottenham and Chelsea target Willian has reiterated his desire to leave Shakhtar Donetsk and has named the Blues as one of three teams he’d like to join, according to the Daily Mail.

The 24-year-old played a key role in Shakhtar’s 2-1 win over the European Champions on Tuesday night but left the stadium holding a Chelsea shirt with his name on it and a question mark on the back, after a Blues fan handed him the shirt after the game.

Willian’s contract expires in 2014 and both Tottenham and Chelsea have made efforts to sign the Brazilian in previous transfer windows.

It’s been reported that Spurs may resurrect their interest this January and Willian has once again reiterated his desire to move to one of Europe’s top league’s in order to win a place in the Brazil squad for the 2014 World Cup.

However, the attacker failed to name Tottenham as one of his preferred destinations, claiming he likes Chelsea, AC Milan and Inter.

‘I would like to move from Shakhtar, my work here is complete. I would like to play in a big team in a big tournament, like the Premier League or Serie A. I like Chelsea, AC Milan and Inter.

‘I need to show up in a big league to be called up for the national team. My dream, my main goal is to play the World Cup in Brazil and that is only going to happen if I move.

‘If I were playing in a big league the same way I’ve played here, I would have more chances.

‘I knew Chelsea wanted me in the past, but the club didn’t want leave me, I think, about the price.

‘I respect the position of the club. I have to keep playing at a high level to receive new bids. We have to try to move on in the Champions League.

‘We are strong but Shakhtar is not just me, there are a lot of strong players. We played the perfect game against Chelsea. This season, we have more knowledge about our power.’

Willian is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail

Shakhtar paid Corinthians £12m for Willian in 2007 but now value the tricky winger at nearer £30m. However, that price-tag is likely to fall the closer the player gets to his contract expiration date.

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8 Comments

  1. Gazza

    October 25, 2012 at 10:19 am

    From his photo he looks like a soppy girl — probably plays like one too.

  2. John

    October 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Why dosn’t this surprise me?

  3. Naveen

    October 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I tink willian and paulinho will be a gud signin in january

  4. ParkLane67

    October 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    OK – so how is this a snub?

  5. JD

    October 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    ANOTHER ONE WHO WANTS INSTANT FAME AS OPPOSED TO WORKING FOR IT BY DECLARING HIS LOVE FOR CHELSEA , MONEY COMES ABOVE ALL ELSE AS WELL A MERCENARY WHO WANTS TO JOIN A TEAM WHO HE THINKS ARE A MUST FOR FAME WHY DOES THIS NOT SUPRISE PEOPLE , PLEEEEEEEEEESE DON`T COME OUT WITH THE AULD SAYING I DREAMED OF CHELSEA AS A BOY .

  6. Arinze

    October 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    If he iz good … , if he isn’t …

  7. Oluwafemi busayo michael

    October 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Chelsea wil sign him (william) he’s a great player

  8. Bob

    October 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    That’s an interesting miss reading of his quotes.

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