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Mourinho Confirms Willian Has Chosen To Join Chelsea Over Tottenahm

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has subtly confirmed at his press conference that attacker Willian has opted to move to Stamford Bridge over London rivals Tottenham.

With the summer transfer window in full swing, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Jose Mourinho confirms Willian is set to join Chelsea.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has subtly confirmed today that attacker Willian has opted to move to Stamford Bridge over London rivals Tottenham, according to several reports today.

The 25-year-old forward was on the verge of joining Spurs from Anzhi Makhachkala in a £30m deal after completing a medical on Wednesday afternoon before a late move by Chelsea threatened to derail the transfer.

Reports in this mornings newspapers claimed that Roman Abramovich had made a personal call to the Anzhi owner – fellow Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov – to try and sway the deal in their favour.

It appears he’s been successful with boss Jose Mourinho confirming at his press conference on Friday afternoon that Willian is set to snub a move to White Hart Lane in favour of moving to west London.

The Portuguese coach was asked if Willian was on his radar, to which he replied:

“Willian is a big target, that’s for sure”

‘I couldn’t say much in the previous press conference. I had to try to hide a few things.

‘You never close the door to the possibility of adding more quality to your squad.’ [source: Metro]

The former Real Madrid manager was then asked if Chelsea are now in pole position to sign the attacker.

“I think he’s already made his decision,” Mourinho told ITV

He was asked if his decision was to join Chelsea, and ITV claim Mourinho nodded before saying:

“I don’t like to speak before time because football can be crazy.

“I know what the player wants, so in this moment we cannot hide. That is a possibility.”

Asked about how close Willian came to joining Tottenham, Mourinho couldn’t resist having a little dig saying they should have kept his medical a secret.

“That’s the danger of medicals before contracts. The best thing to do is do the medical in secret.” [Source: Telegraph]

Mourinho was then asked how close a deal was with Chelsea, he continued:

“We have to do a medical!”

So it appears Willian has now turned his back on a move to Spurs in favour of Chelsea – unless there is another late twist! The news will be a bitter blow to Andre Villas-Boas but will represent a major coup for Chelsea, and the Brazilian will now be added to their growing list of big name attackers available to Jose Mourinho.

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Are Chelsea fans excited by the arrival of Willian? How do Spurs fans feel at missing out? Share your views below.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. ian

    August 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    It seems that William is not an honourable chap. I doubt he will anything to Chelsea except aggro and Spurs and Liverpool will look back and thank the lucky stars. He previously choose Anzi over English clubs so a mercenary will stay until something else comes along.
    Good luck Chelsea you will need it as you will not be able to rely on dodgy referees the whole season

  2. John Oats

    August 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Looks like Russian gangsters doing business with each other. The Premiership looks to be full of corrupt and puerile personalities.

  3. stephen

    August 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Ian the fact remains that we’re bigger and better than any of those teams mention and the ambition of the club coupled with the mourinho factor… Any player would want to play at such club… Which is what willian went for

  4. ishaku

    August 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    that was a great great deal.each nd every one of us knws hw gud dis guy is,fantastic addition.

  5. clef

    August 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    To my own view,i think chelsea av nt done anytin wrng in purchasing of willian b/cos chelsea av been chasing him b4 he made his trip 2 russia nd he jst pass d medical bt he as av never sign any contract wit spur. U̶̲̥̅̊’re are highly welcome Willian. D SKY IS BLUE

  6. Shergun phillips

    August 23, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    It is a big lucky 4 chelsea 2 sign William, u r wlcum 2 standford bridge. The sky is blue.

  7. Awalnemji

    August 24, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Welcm man! D best pläce z stamford bridge.

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