Chelsea was always my first choice - Willian

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Chelsea's latest summer acquisition Willian claims a move to Stamford Bridge is a dream come true and says the opportunity to work with Jose Mourinho is an 'immense pleasure'.

The Brazilian signs for Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala in a deal worth £30 million after the west London clubs swooped at the last moment to snatch Willian from the clutches of rivals Tottenham.

Willian had undergone a Spurs medical ahead of a proposed transfer to White Hart Lane, but Mourinho sanctioned a move to pip former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas to the signature of the player.

And, despite so nearly becoming a Spurs player, Willian says a move to Chelsea had always been his first choice, with the 25-year-old harbouring a long-standing affection for the Blues.

"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," he told the official Chelsea website.

"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."

Willian was also particularly quick to outline the chance to play under Mourinho as a reason why he chose to join Chelsea despite his initial commitment to join Spurs.

"It's going to be an immense pleasure to work with Jose Mourinho, listen to him and learn from him. I'm sure I'm going to grow as a professional and I'm looking forward to training," he added.

"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."

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