Chelsea attacking midfielder Willian has revealed that he has a “special affection” for his “friend” and former manager Jose Mourinho.
There have been rumours in the past week linking the Brazilian star with a transfer to Manchester United that would see him reunited with the Portuguese coach.
The champions are reportedly looking to offload players to increase Antonio Conte’s budget in the summer and it is understood that they are willing to consider offers for Willian.
Willian admits he has learned a lot from all the managers in his career but that his relationship with Mourinho was extra special.
“I learned something from all of them. I learned a lot,” Willian told ESPN Brasil.
“When I went to Shakhtar with Lucescu. When I left Shakhtar, in a very short spell at Anzhi with Guus Hiddink, I learned a lot. And then here at Chelsea with Mourinho, a manager who helped me a lot, I learned a lot from him.
“So with all of them I learned a lot. But we always have a special affection for somebody, and you feel that, that it is reciprocal of him. And we’re not even working together anymore, but we’ve become friends. And it’s Mourinho.
“The coach who has helped me since my arrival at Chelsea. That backed me, that put me to play, that relied on my potential, that relied on my work.
“So no doubt I have affection for all, but Mourinho was a guy that I have a special affection and helped me a lot.”