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Chelsea forward Willian has revealed he has a special affection for former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

When asked about the managers he has worked with during his career, Willian told ESPN Brasil: “I learned something from all of them. I learned a lot.

“When I went to Shakhtar with Lucescu. When I left Shakhtar, in a very short spell at Anzhi with Guus Hiddink, I learned a lot.

“And then here at Chelsea with Mourinho, a manager who helped me a lot, I learned a lot from him.

“So with all of them I learned a lot. But we always have a special affection for somebody and you feel that it is reciprocal of him. And we’re not even working together anymore but we’ve become friends. And it’s Mourinho.

“The coach who has helped me since my arrival at Chelsea. That backed me, that put me to play, that relied on my potential, that relied on my work.

“So no doubt I have affection for all but Mourinho was a guy that I have a special affection and helped me a lot.”

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