Willian says that Jose Mourinho tried to sign him for Manchester United last summer.
Mourinho was appointed United manager in the summer, his first role since being sacked as Chelsea boss the previous December.
Willian worked under the Portuguese at Stamford Bridge since he joined in summer 2013, becoming one of his first signings during his second stint at the club.
The Brazilian was one of Mourinho’s favourites, and the 28-year-old states that the manager sought his signature for United this summer.
When asked whether any club approached Chelsea to sign him, Willian told Globo Esporte: “Concrete I do not know, right? But there was interest, yes.
“It was (from) Manchester United, because Mourinho is there too.
“Other clubs I do not know, but there are always some things on the internet. But I’m glad to know that clubs have to admire my work.”