Willian has claimed Manchester United were interested in signing him from Chelsea last summer.
That could have meant a reunion with Jose Mourinho, who managed the Brazilian at Stamford Bridge.
“There was interest, yes,” Willian told Globo Esporte. “It was from Manchester United, because Mourinho is there too.
“From other clubs I don’t know but there are always some things on the internet. I’m glad to hear that there are clubs that admire my work.”
Willian has continued to perform solidly for Antonio Conte this season despite battling with Pedro Rodriguez for a place in the starting XI since October, when he was granted compassionate leave in the wake of his mother’s death.
“I had a problem, everyone knows how difficult it was and my mum’s health really affected me mentally and physically,” he said. “She was in the hospital for two months and passed away, so it was a really hard moment.
“I tried not to take these issues to the pitch but I could not do it. It ended up affecting me. I lost weight. Of course I will always miss my mother and the memories she left behind. The pain goes away, but I will always miss her. Today I feel much better mentally and physically.
“I lost four kilograms after my mother’s death, so it was a bit harder to come back. [My weight loss] left me quite worried since it greatly affected me. Mentally I had a really tough time as well but thanks to God, my family and my friends, I feel much better — and I recovered my weight.
“But anyway, now I feel much better. I want to continue on this run of form until the end of the season and continue to evolve.”