Willian, the veteran Chelsea winger, was the topic of numerous rumours and speculations regarding his future with the club in the past few days. The Brazilian has finally put an end to all of it, confirming that he will be leaving the club at the termination of his contract.
After seven long years at Stamford Bridge, Willian made the decision not to renew his contract with the club. Reports suggest that the 32 year old was eyeing a three year deal, while The Blues were ready to offer him only two.
Recently sustaining an ankle injury, Willian missed out on last week’s FA Cup final against Arsenal, as well as yesterday’s 4-1 rout against Bayern Munich (7-1 aggregate).
Open Letter: Willian confirms he is moving out of Chelsea
Back in 2013, Willian arrived at Chelsea from Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala for a fee of €35 million. Earlier today, the player took to his official Twitter handle account to write down an open letter to the club and its fan base, in both English and Portuguese.
“They were seven wonderful years. In August 2013 when I received the offer from Chelsea, I was convinced that this was where I had to play. Today I am certain that it was the best of decisions. There were so many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intense,” Willian posted on Twitter.
In his seven year spell in London, the Samba international made 234 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions, scoring 37 times. He bagged two Premier League victories (2014–15, 2016–17), one FA Cup (2017–18), one Carabao Cup (2014–15) and one UEFA Europa League (2018–19) with the Blues.
“Yet, beyond the trophies, I learnt a lot about myself. I developed a great deal, becoming a better player and a better person. With each training session, with each game, with every minute spent in the dressing room, I was always learning.”
“I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans for the affectionate way they welcomed me at Stamford Bridge and their support throughout my time at the club,” William went on as he thanked the supporters, as well as touching upon the subject of facing criticism.
“I am certainly going to miss my teammates. I will miss all the staff at the club who’ve always treated me like a son and I will miss the fans.”
“My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you and God bless you!” Willian signed off.
— Willian (@willianborges88) August 9, 2020
The Gunners are the next likely destination for Willian. The London rivals will now move closer on their pursuit, with a fresh three year contract for the player at the Emirates stadium.