Brazilian Talks Down United Interest
Chelsea winger and Manchester United transfer target Willian says a move away from Stamford Bridge was never an option for him during the summer.
The Brazil international was reported to have been the subject of interest from Jose Mourinho as well as from Barcelona. It followed similar interest from the Manchester United boss shortly after he was appointed to the top job at Old Trafford in 2016.
But speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League opener with Greek side PAOK this evening, Willian brushed off questions over past interest and said he is focused on Chelsea’s campaign under new boss Maurizio Sarri.
“I am very happy. Always I was happy at Chelsea,” he said re-iterating comments he has made in the past about his future at Stamford Bridge.
“I don’t want to talk about the past. I am happy with the new manager and profile of football.
“I think we have a great team atmosphere and we can do everything to win titles.”
Willian turned 30 last month. But his age was a problem to the Manchester United board and they blocked any concrete bid for the Brazilian who was signed by Chelsea when Mourinho was in his second spell at Stamford Bridge.
He went on:
“I am very proud to stay and be a Chelsea player. It is an honour to play at this club. I am very happy at Chelsea.
“Everyone knows what happened in the last window. My mind was always to play at Chelsea, now with Sarri we have a different way to play.
“He wants us to play. You can tell in the game, we play with more possession and have more fun and win five games in a row. We have to continue in the same way.”