A player linked with Tottenham Hotspur has provided a boost to Spurs by saying his desire is to keep playing in the Premier League, as reported by ESPN.
Chelsea midfielder Willian has been on the books of the Stamford Bridge club since the summer of 2013, when he joined from Anzhi Makhachkala in a reported £30million move (BBC Sport).
The Brazilian has been a great servant to the West London side over the years, making upwards of 300 appearances in which he claimed 59 goals and 59 assists, according to Transfermarkt.
According to a report in The Telegraph from 10 March, Willian’s time at Chelsea may be coming to an end.
The 31-year-old was reportedly offered a two-year deal by the Blues, although he was said to be after a three-year deal.
With contract negotiations having failed to yield a breakthrough, Willian is now “expected” to leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.
As well as Spurs and North London rivals Arsenal, Bayern Munich are also said to be interested in the player, whose current deal is reportedly worth £120,000 per week, according to Spotrac.
Willian seems to favour a Premier League stay, however – he told ESPN: “My desire is to stay in the Premier League, but I don’t rule out playing in other leagues, no.
“I’m going to play until the end of the season and see what happens. I’m very used to England.”
Willian’s glittering CV speaks for itself, having racked up 329 appearances for Chelsea, and winning numerous trophies including two Premier League titles and a Copa America.
A fast, technically gifted player with great vision and a powerful shot on him, Willian would be an asset for any top side, and Chelsea’s loss could well be Tottenham’s gain.
Spurs will be going back to the drawing board this summer and the presence of Jose Mourinho, a coach who has a good working history with Willian, could perhaps sway things in their favour.
However, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium outfit must be careful of Arsenal, who also appear interested in the player’s services.