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Willian 'excited' by Chelsea move

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Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian says he would be open to a move to Chelsea in the January transfer window.

The Blues fell short in their attempts to agree a fee with the Ukrainian side earlier this week, after having a bid of £16.5 million rejected.

However, the 23-year-old seemingly has his heart set on a move to England.

"I wouldn't have any fears about coming to England because I have played against English sides in the Champions League and studied the English game," he told The Sun.

"To play in a league that is seen throughout the world would be good for my hopes of playing regularly for Brazil, especially with the World Cup at home in two years' time.

"I've played for a great club in Corinthians and been successful. I moved to Shakhtar and that turned into a great move too.

"There was talk about Barcelona and Arsenal before but now Chelsea are interested.

"If the next step of the adventure is England, then I would be excited by that."

The club's Brazilian connections, with David Luiz and Ramires in their ranks, is an additional plus for the star, having heard of countless stories about life in west-London.

"I have friends in the Brazil side who play for Chelsea, like David and Ramires," he added.

"All they talk about is the thrill of being in a city like London and playing for a club like Chelsea.

"I've known David since we played together in the Brazil Under-20 side and he talks about what Villas-Boas is trying to build at Chelsea.

"He and Ramires feel he wants a core of young players who can mature and grow together but also be successful.

"David says how the coach takes a real interest in all his players, how he can adapt different cultures together and bring the best out of them.

"Then obviously there is life in London. David and Ramires say there's nothing like it anywhere else in the world - it's exciting and challenging at the same time."

Willian has won three Ukrainian league title and the Europa League with Shakhter since joining in the summer of 2007.

Despite finishing bottom of their Champions League group this term, Willian helped the club into the quarter-finals of last year's competition, before falling to eventual winners Barcelona.

Andre Villas-Boas has promised at least one more signing following the confirmation of Gary Cahill's move from Bolton Wanderers, and despite Willian being ineligible for the Champions League, will potentially prove to be a mean addition to the Portuguese boss' artillery

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