Willian has revealed how he almost joined Tottenham in 2013, before making his “dream” move to Chelsea.
The Brazilian was on the brink of signing for Spurs in a £30million deal from Anzhi Makhachkala after undergoing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
But after being approached by then Blues boss Jose Mourinho, Willian turned down the deal and instead moved to Stamford Bridge on a five-year contract.
“I don’t know how I can explain that moment,” he told the club’s official YouTube channel. “But it was the best moment I think in my life when I signed with Chelsea because it was my dream to come here.
“When I came I am very, very happy to play for Chelsea, to win titles here, so I am very, very happy.
“Yes, it was difficult (to turn down Tottenham). But I didn’t sign. When at the last moment Chelsea call me, I say I’m sorry but I go to Chelsea, that’s my dream. I have to go there, I don’t care. I go there.”
WILLIAN THIS SEASON
Chances created: 24
Pass accuracy: 89%
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Willian, who has helped Chelsea to the top of the Premier League table with three goals this season, will be hoping he has done enough for a starting spot when Antonio Conte’s side host West Brom on Sunday afternoon.