Chelsea’s Brazilian ace Willian is aiming to prove a point at the World Cup in his homeland this summer, and is keen to show that he has become a better player thanks to his season spent at Stamford Bridge.
The winger is a part of Luis Felipe Scolari’s squad for the finals, and could be in the squad which takes on Croatia in the tournament’s opening fixture tonight, as he looks to prove that he made the right decision to sign for Chelsea ahead of Tottenham. The 25-year-old caused a storm of controversy last summer when it appeared he had agreed on a move to White Hart Lane, only to opt for their bitter London rivals when the final stages of negotiations were taking place. However, according to talkSPORT, Willian has revealed that he greatly enjoyed his debut campaign in the Premier League, and is keen to show at the World Cup that he has become a better player because of it.
“Of course I am sad that we didn’t get the titles that we were looking for, but I myself am very happy about my first season,” he said.
“The manager is very good at getting players to play his way, and it helped me to work more on the pitch – whether going forward or helping out in defence. Of course I believe that I can improve, and I want to continue to do that in the Chelsea shirt – but hopefully I can show in the World Cup that I have become a better player.”
As was well documented last summer, Blues fans largely have Jose Mourinho’s influence to thank for the fact that Willian ended up playing for them rather than Spurs. The Special One once more became the ire of opposition fans as it was rumoured he had convinced the wide-man to change his mind about moving to Tottenham, and it was his reputation which the player himself has admitted to have having been a decisive factor in his choice.
A season wherein he managed only four goals in 24 Premier League appearances may not have been sufficient payback for the £32million Chelsea splurged to take him from Anzhi Makhachkala, but Willian will no doubt be aiming for better next year when he returns to domestic duties.
Of course there are other reasons for the forward to want to impress in the next few weeks, as Mourinho seems hell bent on undertaking a large-scale squad revamp with a view to competing for major trophies next term. The signing of Francesc Fabregas from Barcelona was announced as official earlier on today, and a deal for Diego Costa is also all but set in stone.
With a hearty amount of speculation claiming that there will be plenty more faces arriving at Stamford Bridge this summer, Willian could be wary of losing his place in the first-team. Already having to compete with the likes of Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Oscar for a wide berth, it may unsettle him if yet more talent is bought in.