Willian has sensationally claimed he would be ‘fine’ moving to either Arsenal or Tottenham this summer.
The Chelsea star’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire at the end of the season, with negotiations stalling as the Brazil international holds out for a three-year extension – something Chelsea are refusing to offer.
Talks have come to a standstill and recent reports have suggested that Tottenham and Arsenal may be looking to capitalise by offering Willian a contract to join the club in the summer.
And despite admitting the respect he has for Chelsea fans, the Brazil star said it would be ‘fine’ for him to move to a rival club.
When asked about a move to either Arsenal or Spurs in an interview with Brazillian YouTube channel ‘Desimpedidos’, Willian said: “It really is a hard decision. I identified myself a lot at Chelsea, I have a lot of love for everyone at the club, and the fans.
“However, it is like I said before, if I leave Chelsea with no trouble and leaving the doors open, it would be fine to move to a rival club.”
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Willian also denied claims that he had been in contact with Jose Mourinho to discuss a move to Tottenham. “No, no. I did not get anything from Mourinho even though I have a good relationship with him,” he continued.
“He is not only a great coach but also a great friend of mine. Sometimes we talk but regarding this situation, he totally respects it.
“I learnt a bit from each of them [my other managers] but I identified myself more with Mourinho for sure. ‘He trusted in my potential, liked my football, gave me full confidence to play. He is the best coach I have worked with.”