Chelsea winger Willian has admitted he wants to remain in London, amid recent links to Tottenham Hotspur.
The star’s contract is expiring this summer, and the Brazilian still hasn’t come to an agreement with the Blues over a new deal.
Willian has been with Chelsea since 2013, joining from Anzhi Makhachkala for a reported £30 million (BBC Sport).
The South American, now 31, has been virtually ever-present in the team since his arrival, making 324 appearances to date for the club.
But his time at Stamford Bridge may be coming to an end – it is certainly unusual for clubs to let top stars reach the end of their contracts unless they are happy to see them leave.
Interestingly last month, The Evening Standard claimed Chelsea’s rivals Spurs were keeping tabs on the player.
Tottenham may be on alert even more now, with Willian admitted he doesn’t want to leave the capital.
He told The Player’s Tribune: “If you ask my wife if she wants to leave London, she’ll say no. My daughters feel the same way.
“As it turned out, I failed on my first two [Life in the UK Test] attempts, but got it on the third. I am now a British citizen! So London is where I want to stay. This is where I have my family, my church. I want my daughters to grow up here.”
It could be that Willian’s Tribune interview is partly a way of prompting Chelsea to make him an offer.
TBR’s view – Willian and Mourinho to reunite?
Willian’s comments may well pique the interest of Jose Mourinho, who obviously knows the qualities of Willian very well.
Spurs should definitely consider a move if he isn’t going to extend with Chelsea.
To get a player in of his calibre and experience without the need to pay a transfer fee is a real opportunity for Tottenham.
Willian, a two-time Premier League winner, hasn’t really shown many signs of ageing in recent times, and would surely be a decent addition for Mourinho’s squad.
In his Tribune interview Willian discusses his ‘special relationship’ with Mourinho,admitting the pair even still exchange messages sometimes – suggesting this potential move absolutely shouldn’t be ruled out.