Why Willian rejected Barcelona to stay at Chelsea

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Chelsea attacker Willian Borges Da Silva has revealed why he rejected an offer from Barcelona to stay at Chelsea. The Brazilian has been the subject of transfer speculations in the last 18 months but a move has not materialized thus far.

Meanwhile, Willian has explained why he didn’t make the move to Barcelona. He made this known in a chat with DAZN series Saudade.

“The only real official offer I had came from Barcelona, last year, after the World Cup,” Willian said.

“Barcelona indeed presented an offer to Chelsea but it was rejected.

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“That was the only actual time I had to discuss something like this with my family, although we really love it here [in London]. So there were several factors that helped us in staying.”

The 31-year-old joined Chelsea in 2013 from Russian side Anzhi and has gone on to play 300 times for the Blues. His current deal expired in the summer and the player wants to remain at Stamford Bridge. He also added that he might make a return to his boyhood club in Brazil.

He continued: “If I have to return to Brazil, I’d like to play at Corinthians again.

“It represents a lot, I was born and raised there, my footballing career began there when I was nine, I’ve spent my entire childhood there.

“I’ve been a Corinthians fan since I was little, even before I played there, my family also supports the club. ‘So when I got there all my relatives were very happy, and then, after I got to the first team, everyone was overjoyed.”

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