There may be a number of Chelsea fans who were surprised to see Willian remain a Blue at the close of the summer transfer window, with speculation rife that he would be off the the likes of a Barcelona or Manchester United.
However, it now appears that the Brazilian had never wanted to leave Stamford Bridge, with Maurizio Sarri already making him a key part of his plans in the opening four Premier League victories this season.
The Metro carry quotes from Willian where he not only insists he never wanted to leave, but also that he intends to stay for as long as possible.
“A lot of people they say a lot of things in the press, but I never said that I want to leave Chelsea, never,”
“Always I say that I want to stay at Chelsea as long as possible, and I am happy to stay here.”
“When I arrive here my plan was to stay here as long as possible and now I am here five years I hope stay five more!”
“I know I have two years of contract left but I hope to stay more years in the Premier League.”
“I am very happy to be here five years. I have won titles and played a lot of games with a lot of happy moments, and a few sad moments as well but that is part of football.”
“But these five years have been very good for me and I am proud to be a Chelsea player.”
Barcelona had been rebuffed a number of times in the summer and when it seemed they would come close to Chelsea’s asking price they signed the cheaper alternative in Malcom from Bordeaux.
Manchester United on the other hand endured a somewhat frustrating transfer window and Jose Mourinho never appeared close to signing his former Blues player.