Willian never considered leaving 'perfect' Chelsea for Man Utd or Barcelona

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The Brazil international was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge over the summer, but he claims to have ignored the transfer talk

Willian claims “everything is perfect” for him at Chelsea, with summer talk of moves to Manchester United or Barcelona having been shrugged off.

Having enjoyed the most productive season of his career to date in 2017-18, the Brazil international found himself as a man in demand.

He delivered a personal best 13 goals across all competitions last season, while taking in 55 appearances.

A reunion with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford was mooted, with the Portuguese known to be an admirer of the qualities Willian brings to any given fold.

La Liga giants Barcelona were also reported to be mulling over an approach as they sought to bring greater attacking spark into their ranks.

In the end, no offers were tabled and the 30-year-old forward remained at Stamford Bridge, much to his delight.

Willian told The Premier League Show on a window of uncertainty: “I love to live here, my family love to live in London, I love to play for Chelsea, everything is amazing. I have been here for five years and I hope to stay more. 

“Everything is perfect. My family don't want to leave.”

Maurizio Sarri Chelsea

Willian is currently contracted to Chelsea until 2020, with it likely that extension talks will be sought at some stage with a player set to hit free agency in the same summer as Eden Hazard.

While the Belgian is keeping everybody guessing when it comes to his future plans, Willian’s comments would suggest that he is ready to commit.

He is enjoying forming part of another ambitious project under Maurizio Sarri, with the new man in charge at Stamford Bridge having helped to raise expectations with an exciting brand of football which stands in stark contrast to that favoured by his predecessor Antonio Conte.

“He is very important, not only for me but for all the team. Now we play football,” Willian said of ‘Sarriball’.

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“He wants us to have fun inside the pitch. We play proper football and every single player is happy to play for him.”

Chelsea, who suffered a Community Shield setback against Manchester City back in August, are yet to suffer a competitive defeat this season.

That consistency has them sat among the Premier League frontrunners, while positive progress has also been made in Carabao Cup and Europa League competition.

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