ESPN Brasil today brings some details of Willian’s departure from Chelsea, following his decision to leave the Blues at the end of his contract.
Reporter João Castelo Branco writes that the player feels ‘sad and even offended’ by the way the club’s board treated him in the past few months.
The story says Willian wanted to sign a three-year deal with the Stamford Bridge side, but felt a ‘lack of effort’ from the club to accept his demands.
Chelsea’s only offer was made before the pandemic break, and that was a ‘take it or leave it’ move, with the negotiations not developing a lot after that.
Even though manager Frank Lampard wanted Willian to stay, the player’s staff felt like the club didn’t feel the same, so the winger had ‘no other option’ than to look for a new club.
Given his priority to stay in London, Willian has reportedly agreed a three-year deal with Arsenal. That he’s joining his old teammate David Luiz and also has a chance to play in a European competition are pointed out as two factors which attracted him to the Gunners.