'Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent' - 29-year-old Chelsea star confirms approach from Mourinho
By Abigail Withey
Chelsea winger Willian has confirmed that former boss Jose Mourinho approached him for a move to Manchester United.
The 29-year-old recently spoke about how he was close to rejoining his former Chelsea manager, but the London side stepped in the way of any potential deal.
The Brazil international thrived under the United boss and was named Chelsea’s Player of the Year during Mourinho’s final season at Stamford Bridge.
Willian revealed that his agent had been contacted by the Manchester giants and spoke about the close relationship he formed with the Portuguese manager.
He said: “There were a few conversations with my agent. I worked with Mourinho and I became his friend as well.
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“He likes me a lot and I like him a lot as a coach and as a person,” Willian told Goal. “He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him.”
However, the winger said that Chelsea wouldn’t allow a move to Old Trafford and insisted that he was content at the London club.
“Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way,” he explained during his interview. “I’m very happy at Chelsea.”
Despite helping the Blues win the Premier League title, Willian had a difficult start under new boss Conte after he was sidelined a number of times with Pedro and Eden Hazard’s partnership being preferred for Diego Costa.
The 47-capped Brazil striker joined Chelsea back in 2013 from Russian outfit Anzhi for a fee worth nearly £32 million.
Since moving to Stamford Bridge Willian has become an important part of the squad and has made a total of 182 appearances where he scored 31 goals and provided 27 assists across all competitions.
In other Chelsea news, three more players are set to arrive before the end of the summer transfer window.