Seems all Chelsea top stars are beginning to commit their future to the London side. First it was David Luiz and now Willian.
With rumors flying around the media about a potential move to Real Madrid and Barcelona, the Brazilian has come out to say he’s happy at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea winger was strongly courted by Barcelona, has been photoshopped in a Manchester United shirt, and recently even Real Madrid possibly made an offer. But Willian himself isn’t planning on going anywhere.
“No, I’m back to England. I’m very happy at Chelsea. I’m very happy living in London.”
-Willian; source: Globo via Sport Witness
Like the rest of the remaining summer-breakers, Willian is due back to football sometime (early?) this week, and as he confirmed on Brazilian television, that will be happening with “his club” Chelsea. Not Barcelona, not Manchester United, not Real Madrid. Chelsea. He’s pretty clear on that.
Willian had not really addressed the rumors swirling around while he was at the World Cup, so they had been allowed to grow basically unchecked. Did the Barcelona move falling through change his mind? Maybe. Maybe not. The only thing that seems clear is that despite his apparent unhappiness towards the end of the season, he’s here to stay.
According to Brazilian news outlet Globo Esporte, there is just one simple reason behind Willian’s willingness and desire to stay at Chelsea this summer, Antonio Conte’s sacking. While Willian is also said to be enjoying the life, in general, in London (where he now also co-owns a restaurant), the main reason is apparently the managerial change at the club.
That certainly fits the narrative that built up towards the end of the season, culminating in Willian’s petulantly unprofessional erasing of Conte from the celebratory squad photo after winning the FA Cup, and continued through the summer in various interviews where he simply dismissed or laughed at anything having to do with the former boss.
That said, he has two years left on his contract and is about to turn 30. The prudent business move would be to sell (and buy Pulisic or some other young replacement), while the prudent sentimental move would be to offer a new multi-year contract. If most of the rest of the summer is any indication however, Chelsea will just stand still and let the status quo carry on.