Willian reveals he wants to stay in the Premier League regardless of Chelsea future

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Willian has admitted he wants to remain in the Premier League, even if his contract is not renewed by Chelsea.

The Brazilian fan-favourite is out of contract this summer, and has been linked with London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham in recent weeks.

As reported by Standard Sport earlier this month, talks between Chelsea and the 31-year-old are at an impasse.

Chelsea’s transfer policy dictates that players over 30 are only offered one-year extensions, but Willian is understood to be seeking a longer commitment.

The winger is allegedly after a three-year deal, but Chelsea are unwilling to break their transfer policy even for a player who has given so much to the club during his seven-year spell in west London.

Tottenham, managed by the Brazilian’s former boss Jose Mourinho, are interested in singing the dynamic forward on a free transfer, according to The Sun.

Spurs fans will not have forgotten when Mourinho and Chelsea hijacked a deal for the former Shakhtar Donetsk forward back in 2013, as the north London club raged behind the scenes about his £32 million move to Stamford Bridge.

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In an interview with ESPN Brazil, Willian outlined his desire to stay in England, whether that is at Chelsea or not.

“My desire is to stay in the Premier League, but I don’t rule out playing in other leagues,” he said.

“I’m going to play until the end of the season and see what happens. I’m very used to England.”

Willian, who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, has enjoyed an illustrious career in West London, winning five major trophies including two Premier League titles.

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In 328 appearances for the Blues, the 31-year-old has netted 59 goals with 52 assists and has terrorised a number of world class left backs with his un rivalled speed and skill down the right wing.

The Copa America winner has also been heavily linked with a return to Brazil, with his boyhood club Corinthians rumoured as a potential destination.

However, Willian has ruled out the move, and hopes to continue in Europe where he has played for the last 14 years.

“About Corinthians, everyone asks me this question. Of Course, I have affection for the club, I joined there when I was only 9.

“I spent most of my time there, the whole family was a Corinthians player before I played there.

“But today, I don’t think about going back to play. My goal is to continue in Europe.

“I feel that I am at the peak today,” he added.

“We acquire something over the years, and I believe it is the peak of my career, yes.”

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