Willian happy he turned down Tottenham for Chelsea

Date published: Thursday 8th December 2016 8:09

Willian has explained why he was happy to turn down Tottenham in order to move to Chelsea in 2013.

The Brazilian winger moved to Stamford Bridge for £30million in summer 2013, signing from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

The 28-year-old had been a target of Liverpool, but also of Tottenham, who were further ahead in negotiations.

A move to White Hart Lane was close to completion, before Chelsea swooped in with a dramatic late bid.

“I don’t know how I can explain that moment,” Willian told Chelsea’s YouTube channel. “But it was the best moment I think in my life when I signed with Chelsea because it was my dream to come here.

“When I came I am very, very happy to play for Chelsea, to win titles here, so I am very, very happy.

“Yes, it was difficult. But I didn’t sign. When at the last moment Chelsea call me I say I’m sorry but I go to Chelsea, that’s my dream.

“I have to go there, I don’t care. I go there.”


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