For the Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern, Willian has been one of the best Premier League signings in recent memory…
Though he can be infuriating to watch at times, in general his form since moving to England has been very good indeed, and Chelsea have been huge benefactors as a result of that.
However, it could have been different. In an interview with Four Four Two, the Brazilian revealed that he could have ended up at Tottenham or Liverpool prior to moving to Stamford Bridge, but he noted that once he learned of Chelsea’s interest, he was only going to end up at Stamford Bridge.
According to Four Four Two, Willian said: “The situation was… complicated. Well, not complicated actually. It was more… unusual. When I came to London, there were other clubs interested in my football: Liverpool, Tottenham as well as Chelsea”.
“When I understood they [Chelsea] were really keen to sign me, I said my decision was made. I wanted to go to Chelsea”, he added.
Clearly, then, Tottenham and Liverpool never really had a chance of signing the attacker, with Chelsea clearly a more attractive option for him.
That decision has certainly been vindicated in that time, with the Blues winning a plethora of trophies, whilst both Tottenham and Liverpool have both struggled for silverware.
This has certainly given the Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern a few bragging rights over their rivals in the pub.
Chelsea and Willian have been perfect for each other. His recent performances have been poor, but he has been a regular starter since moving to the club, and with good reason. Particularly in 2015, as Chelsea went through a dry patch, the Brazilian stepped up – and that will never be forgotten by fans.
Still, he could have really done a job at both Tottenham and Liverpool. Tottenham, and Mauricio Pochettino in particular, would have loved his hard-working attitude, but alas, it wasn’t to be.
Tottenham and Liverpool fans – thoughts?
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