Chelsea's Brazilian ace Willian has had an impressive 2013, but wants to go one better this year. The 25-year-old had an uncertain start to 2013, playing for three different clubs between March and August.
The attacking midfielder was signed for big-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk. He signed a lucrative four-year deal with the Russians, but a sudden change of heart by the club's ownership led to them offloading all their high-earners in a change of tact that brought to the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge after foiled talks with Tottenham Hotspur.
He, along with Samuel Eto'o, left Russia for West London in a €35 million switch to Chelsea and hasn't looked back since. The Blues had long been admirers of the tricky Brazilian, but Shakhtar had always rejected their enquiries for his services.
“I always dreamed about signing for a big club like Chelsea and playing for Brazil, and now it’s all coming true," he told FIFA.com.
“My life changed a lot this year. But it was a great year too, and I’m really happy where I am right now.”
Willian is playing fairly regularly for Jose Mourinho's side this term and has ousted Juan Mata from contention, with the Portuguese boss seemingly preferring the Brazilian over fan-favourite Mata due to his work-rate without possession.
“My first impressions of Mourinho were really positive." He told FIFA.com.
"He is one of the best coaches in the world and he said that he was delighted that I had come to Chelsea, and that he liked the way I play.”
The attacking midfielder's season would be topped off by appearing at the World Cup in his home nation. Playing alongside Brazil boss Felipe Luiz Scolari's favourite David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires has helped Willian come in to contention for the hotly-contested places in the Brazilian World Cup squad.
“It has worked out perfectly. Everything has slotted into place,” he said.
For now, Willian's focus is on success with Chelsea and he hopes that it will earn him the chance to play at a World Cup in his home nation.
"I want to win trophies with Chelsea, and win the World Cup too,” he said. “That would be a perfect year, the best of my life.”
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