I Had a Great Relationship with Mourinho but I am Chelsea – Willian



Willian insists his decision to stay at Chelsea was inspired by a desire to win more trophies and play attacking football.

The Brazilian wide-man, last season’s player of the year at Stamford Bridge, was wanted by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

He resisted the temptation of a move to Old Trafford in favour of a new four-year Chelsea deal because he believes Antonio Conte will lead them back to the top.

‘I have a great relationship with Jose, but I am Chelsea,’ said Willian.

‘When someone like him is interested in you then you are happy – but I signed the contract because I like being a Chelsea player and I see good things here.

‘That shows how much I want to stay here. The simple thing is that I want to win titles.

‘To win titles you have to improve and if we can do that then we have a great chance this season.

‘We have the players to do this – and the manager.’

Willian expects Conte to bring a more exciting brand of football to the Bridge than Chelsea fans were accustomed to under Mourinho.

‘We have to play good football and attack,’ said the 27-year-old, signed from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.

‘We must work hard and when we have the ball then we have to play good football.

‘This season it can’t be just about defence, defence, defence.’

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