Chelsea signed Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala on a five-year deal in 2013 for a fee thought to be around £30m.
Willian had been close to joining Tottenham after having a medical with our rival club, only for Chelsea Russian owner Roman Abramovich to intervene and make sure the Brazilian moved to the Bridge.
Upon signing for Chelsea, Willian said: “Chelsea are one of the world’s best clubs and now I’m going to play for one of the world’s best managers.”
Willian has admitted joining Chelsea was a dream come true for him, and he had to prove himself to everyone at the club despite having been the star player at Shakhtar Donetsk.
He told the official Chelsea website: “I knew Chelsea had made some offers while I was at Shakhtar so when I eventually arrived here, after a short spell with Anzhi Makhachkala, it was amazing.
“Having David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires here when I joined was very important for me because they helped me a lot with the language and inside the club, so it was very helpful. I told myself I had to start again because at Shakhtar I had my position and I always played.
“Everyone knew about my profile and how I played. I knew I had to start from zero to prove myself because it was a new club, new team-mates, new fans, and we had Jose Mourinho who was a big manager. He gave me a lot of confidence to show my quality.”
Willian has been successful in the five years he has been at the club, and the 30-year-old has won two Premier League titles, which he admits is the best feeling for him in the world.
He said: “For me it’s the best league in the world and when I won it for the first time in 2014/15 the feeling was unbelievable. But you cannot stop. In football you always have to continue. Chelsea always want to win trophies.”
Willian has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, but insists he remains committed to the club.
Willian clarified his Chelsea future after his winning goal helped the Blues to a 2-1 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
“My future is here,” said the 30 year-old. “I have one-and-a-half years on my contract left, and I want to stay until it is finished.
“I don’t know if the club want me to sign a new contract, but my focus is here. I would like a new contract. If they want it, I want it.
“I have been here for five-and-a-half years, won a lot of titles. I am very happy.”