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AVB clarifies Willian transfer talk

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has ruled out any more bids for Brazilian ace Willian.

The Stamford bridge boss admitted there had been a bid for the midfielder but the Blues and Shakhtar Donetsk, Willian’s club, were to far apart in their respective valuations of the player, reports Sky Sports.

“Willian is an extremely interesting player but I don't think we will progress with our interest because of different issues, from work permit to price valuation,” admitted Villas-Boas at a press conference.

“I think our project next year is more important than the actual project at the moment.

“Not that Willian doesn't have the characteristics for the future but we are betting a lot on what we can build on for next year.”

The report on Sky Sports claims that Chelsea had made a bid worth £16.6million for Willian but Shakhtar turned it down out of hand.

The Ukrainian club have a minimum release clause in the Brazil international’s contract worth £29million but they conceded they would consider a bid of around £20million.

It now looks as though any further negotiations will have to wait until the summer and Villas-Boas’ quotes suggest he may be ready to make significant changes at the club in the close season.

Chelsea will now have to concentrate on tomorrow’s FA Cup fourth round tie against QPR at Loftus Road, which kicks off at midday.

There has been much publicity surrounding the game due to an incident during the same fixture in the Barclays Premier League.

It was there that John Terry was alleged to have used racist language towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, he was subsequently charged and the hearing for which takes place next month.

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