The Brazilian international was involved in one of the summer’s major transfer sagas, with Liverpool and Spurs openly battling for his signature.
Initially the 25-year-old – who was transfer listed by Anzhi Makhachkala for financial reasons – looked set for a big money move to Anfield, only for Andre Villas-Boas to gazump the Reds’ offer.
After undergoing a medical it was expected that Willian would put pen to paper at White Hart Lane, however Roman Abramovich made a late move to convince Anzhi owner, and close friend, Suleyman Kerimov to sell the South American to him.
From there negotiations proceeded quickly and the versatile attacker was unveiled as a Chelsea player.
Despite being on the verge of joining Tottenham, Willian says that a number of factors convinced him to select Stamford Bridge:
“Things just happened. Chelsea came with an offer and everyone knows that I wanted to play for the club since I was at Shakhtar,” Willian told the Evening Standard.
“It shook me, but I didn’t think twice. As both presidents [Suleyman Kerimov and Roman Abramovich] are friends, that helped too. It was a very easy negotiation.
“The Brazilians at Chelsea called me, especially David Luiz, who told me to come quickly. I was very happy to have them around and they will certainly help me a lot.
“I wanted to play at Chelsea, even more so now with Jose Mourinho, who is the best at what he does.”
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