Chelsea attacker Willian has shut down a transfer rumour in the coolest of ways after being linked with a return to Brazil.
The 29-year-old, who began his career with Corinthians before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk and then Anzhi Makhachkala, joined Chelsea in 2013 and has since helped them win two Premier League titles.
However, having lost his regular starting place in the side as a result of Antonio Conte’s changes, the Brazilian has been linked with a move away from the club next year.
One Brazilian journalist even claimed that the player was in discussions with Palmeiras over a move.
“Palmeiras and Willian are negotiating,” Sandro Barbosa wrote. “Chelsea player liked the proposal and can play in the league in 2018. Remember that negotiating is not signing. But business is well underway.”
Palmeiras e Willian estão negociando. Jogador do Chelsea gostou da proposta e pode jogar no verdão em 2018. Lembrando que negociar não é contratar. Mas o negócio está bem encaminhado.
— Sandro Barboza (@Osandrobarboza) November 19, 2017
Having seen the tweet, Willian promptly put the kibosh on more rumours with a polite but firm denial.
Oi Sandro, tudo bem? Desculpe, mas não estou negociando com o Palmeiras e meu empresário não recebeu nenhum contato do clube. Não tenho nenhum plano de voltar ao Brasil nesse momento. Um abraço!
— Willian (@willianborges88) November 20, 2017
He replied by saying: “Hi Sandro, how are you? Sorry, but I’m not negotiating with Palmeiras and my manager has not received any contact from the club. I have no plans to return to Brazil at this time. Hugs!”
Willian has also been reported as being a target for former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. However, the player has indicated that he wishes to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge .
“Of course I want to play every game, but I respect every decision because we have great players in the squad, so you have to respect Conte’s decision,” he declared, via Metro. “But every player wants to play.”