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According to Darren Lewis in the Mirror, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho “is one of several managers across Europe keen” on the Brazilian playmaker, but Willian has talked about his ambitions for the Blues next season, an indication he will not be going anywhere:
“I like to play for Chelsea. On the pitch I want to do my best always to fight until the last minute. To do my best for this club. To continue to win titles because this club deserves always to win titles. I think we have to continue to improve for next season. To improve ourselves. To think about what we did well, what we did not so well and to try to make something different next season.”
Willian, 29, joined Chelsea from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.
He has won two Premier League titles with the club and was also voted Chelsea’s player of the season for 2015-16, when the Blues finished 10th as defending Premier League champions.
He is enjoying a similarly fine 2017-18 campaign, again as part of a struggling side.
Antonio Conte’s side won the Premier League by seven points last term, but they are 27 points back from champions-elect Manchester City and look set to miss out on UEFA Champions League football next season.
Their likely absence from Europe’s premier club competition next term could potentially lead to an exodus of the club’s key players—Eden Hazard has been heavily linked with a switch to Real Madrid, per Simon Johnson in the Evening Standard.
Brazil international Willian is likely to be among the most attractive of Chelsea’s players for top European clubs, and he could become an even more desirable target should he impress at the summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup.
However, the former Shakhtar Donetsk man will have offered encouragement to the Chelsea hierarchy by expressing his ambition to stay at the club and help them improve next term.