Chelsea have completed the signing of highly-rated winger Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala. The Brazilian will wear the number 22 shirt at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, who had previously pursued him two seasons ago, had been in a late tussle with Tottenham for the player's signature. Willian ultimately went for the former European Champions, stating that Chelsea was always his first choice.
Unveiled at the Cobham training ground, the player talked about his move and his future plans to the press.
Expressing his delight on becoming a Chelsea player, he said: "I've always been following Chelsea and every time I came to London I would try to see a Chelsea game and see how the team was doing because it's been my dream to come to play here.
Finally it's become a reality, and when the offer came I never gave a thought to anybody else, I said to myself that I would run here, and I'm happy to be here now. Chelsea was always my first choice."
He went on to reveal his elation about the prospect of playing under Jose Mourinho.
"It's going to be an immense pleasure to work with Jose Mourinho, listen to him and learn from him," the Brazilian added. "I'm sure I'm going to grow as a professional and I'm looking forward to training. He's one of the best coaches in the world with everything he's won. I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot and improve a lot."
Talking about his style of play, and what the fans should expect from him, he continued: "My style is that I like to dribble a lot and play with speed. I like to accelerate very fast with the ball. I'm also quite technical, I like to shoot at goal but I've also learnt to defend, which is something you have to do to help the team."
Willian, who scored two goals against Chelsea in last year's Champions League group stages, said that it was one of his best memories and that playing matches in England was a good experience.
He further aspires to keep up with his trophy-winning form in Ukraine, and contribute in Chelsea's future success, keeping up the winning mentality.
Talking about his aims for his first English season, he said: "I intend to help the team as much as I can in order to be successful. I want to train hard, work hard and give everything to earn my place in the side.
"This is a very strong team with great players. I hope I am going to start matches very strongly and help the team do the best we can, whether that's through scoring goals, creating chances or defending. I'm sure with the squad we have we will have a great season ahead of us with many trophies to come."
Willian further aspires that with strong performances for Chelsea, he could earn a call up for Brazil for the upcoming World Cup.
"I will have to work hard for Chelsea to show what I am capable of, and I'm sure if I do that I will have the opportunity to be called up by the national team as a consequence," he concluded. "That applies to every player; if you work hard and perform well for your club, you will get those opportunities, and if the chance arrives I want to be ready to take it with both hands."
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