Willian didn’t feel the love of Chelsea’s board and thinks the club never really wanted him

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Willian spent seven years at Chelsea, and ended up leaving at the end of the 2019-20 season, following the expiration of his contract with the club.

Willian and Chelsea were involved in a contract wrangle, as the Brazilian wanted three years to remain at the club, while Chelsea didn’t want the Brazilian at the club for that long.

According to ESPN Brasil, Willian ‘had no intention of leaving Chelsea’, but was shocked that the board had different plans for him.

The report by ESPN Brasil, also implied that the meeting Willian had with Chelsea was described as ‘protocol’ as the Blues had ‘no real will to agree’ to satisfy his only request.

Willian feels he was left with no option but to move to Arsenal, as the Brazilian and his family feel comfortable in London and didn’t want to leave the city.

Just last month, Willian revealed that he’d sign a new contract immediately, if he’s given the three-year deal.

“There are rumours about several teams that may be interested. For the time being, I have had no concrete proposal. But rumours always arise. I’m waiting. My agent hasn’t given me any news yet. I’m waiting for his call,” Willian told Brazilian journalist Ale Oliveira on his Youtube channel.

“I already had a conversation with the club a few months ago, even before this stop. Chelsea only offer me two years and I asked for three. My goal in the next contract is to sign for three years. So I haven’t had a deal with Chelsea yet.

“This is what I asked the club for, three years of contract. If you give me that, I’ll get the pen and sign the contract tomorrow.”

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