According to reports in the Daily Mail, Chelsea attacker Willian has moved to allay fears that he could leave the Premier League holders during the January transfer window.
Well, the Daily Mail says that the Brazil international has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League in the New Year to fund the Blues’ move for Paris Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura, while Barcelona and Manchester United are also said to admire the 29-year-old.
However, speaking after his man of the match display in the 3-1 win against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday night, Willian hinted that he will be staying at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the season.
Asked if he would be leaving, according to the Daily Mail the forward said: “I hope not! I’m happy here and the fans can be calm.
“I’m always happy here at Chelsea. I really like this club a lot with my heart. Yeah, I’m very happy.”
While he has more often than not been a substitute this season, the 29-year-old has still made 25 appearances in all competitions for Antonio Conte’s side, scoring five goals and providing a further seven assists.
The Brazil international had a hand in all three goals as the Blues beat Huddersfield 3-1 on Tuesday – netting once and assisting the other two – on what was a rare Premier League start, and he may get a run in the team over the next few weeks.
While the 29-year-old has perhaps been a scapegoat at time for the supporters during difficult moments for Chelsea, Willian has still been a relatively consistent performer for the west London outfit over the course of the last few seasons.
The Brazilian has proven that he can score, assist and link up well with Eden Hazard and Pedro, and he could prove to be an important member of Conte’s squad as they continue to compete in a number of competitions over the rest of the campaign.