Brazilian winger Willian has said that it would be difficult for him to choose between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotpsur if both the clubs try to sign him once again.
Shakhtar Donetsk rejected bids from both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotpsur during the summer for the 24-year-old attacking midfielder. But reports in English media suggest that Spurs are preparing another bid for the Brazilian in January.
Chelsea will face Shakhtar at the Donbass Arena tonight in their next Champions League fixture. Ahead of the big game, Willian has revealed his friendly relation with Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, who also tried to sign him during his spell at Chelsea.
“Tottenham is a big club and it has a good person in charge. Andre Villas-Boas wanted to bring me to Chelsea and also tried at Tottenham.
“He always sends me messages. We are always in touch, and he has become a friend, for sure.” – Willian was quoted in the Metro.
The winger though is uncertain about whom he will choose to join if both the Premier League clubs come for him once again. But he is certain about leaving Shakhtar to join a bigger European league in order to boost his international career with Brazil.
“Choosing between the two clubs would be difficult. I don’t know.
“Chelsea is Chelsea. They are a great team, with amazing players and are the champions of Europe.
“I would love to play for either of those clubs. But my mind remains at Shakhtar, and I’ll do my best to get the win against Chelsea.
“Everybody knows what my goal is. I’ve clearly stated that I would like to play in a bigger stage, whether it be England, Spain or Italy. I want to come back to the national team, and being in a bigger spotlight would help me get noticed.” – Willian added.
Willian burst into the scenes after winning the 2007 South American Youth Championship with U-20 national team. Later that year he completed his big money move from Brazilian side Corinthians to Shakhtar Donetsk. But despite shining for the Ukrainian team, he has often been ignored by his national side. Willian has made only two appearances for Brazil since making his debut back in November 2011 in a friendly against Gabon. Securing a move to a Premier League team will certainly help his international career.
AVB is a long term admirer of the Brazilian attacker and has urged Chairman Daniel Levy to sign him during the summer. But both the clubs failed to agree over a transfer fee as Tottenham failed with repeated bids. But the Ukrainian club knows that they were only delaying the inevitable and this January they might finally decide to cash in on their prized asset. It is hard to fathom that Chelsea will make any bid for Willian this winter, considering the attacking talents they possess in the squad at the moment. But if Shakhtar lower their demands in January, Tottenham are sure to pounce in for him.
Presently Tottenham do not have a good back-up for Gareth Bale and Lennon on the wings. But Willian will certainly be more than just a back-up. He will add a different dimension to Spurs’ attack. The Brazilian is also a versatile footballer and can play in the hole behind the striker.