Willian: I Rejected £50m Barcelona Transfer To Stay At Chelsea

Willian has revealed that he rejected a move to Barcelona because he is still happy and settled at Chelsea, while he opened the door to a return to Brazil with Corinthians in the future.

After the 2018 World Cup, Willian was the subject of interest from La Liga champions Barca, who had been chasing him for several years.

The former Shakhtar Donestk winger had enjoyed an excellent campaign, scoring a career-high 13 goals in all competitions, but opted to remain at Stamford Bridge and continues to be an important figure under current boss Frank Lampard.

‘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. 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.’

willianWillian has less than a year remaining on his current Chelsea deal, which expires in the summer, and though he is keen to extend his stay, he opened the door to returning to his homeland.

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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