Chelsea new boy Willian has stated that it was always his ambition to join Chelsea, after backing out of a move to London rivals Tottenham to join up with Jose Mourinho's men.
The Brazilian looked set to sign for Andre Villas-Boas' side before a late £30m swoop by the Portuguese's ex-mentor Mourinho convinced the midfielder to change his mind, much to the annoyance of his former protege.
Mourinho's influence in particular was crucial, according to Willian, speaking in an interview with Brazilian paper Globoesporte.
He said: “I always wanted to go to Chelsea. Chelsea presented an offer and it was always my dream to go there.
“Chelsea is a better club than Tottenham in every aspect. I have spoken with my fellow Brazilians at the club, especially David Luiz. I am also happy to play for Jose Mourinho. That was definitive in my decision.”
The former Anzhi man was also linked with Liverpool throughout the summer after spending just one season with the Russian club, following a move from Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this year.
Willian particularly impressed during last season's Champions League campaign, producing some inspirational performances as his Shakhtar team qualified from a group containing his new side and Italian champions Juventus.