Chelsea man knows spot isn’t secure
The former Shahktar Donetsk player joined the Blues for a fee to be believed in the region of £25m from Anzhi Makhachkala last month.
After the Brazilian forward looked to sign for Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham, the Blues intervened and grabbed Willian under Spurs’ grasp and penned a five-year deal with the former Corinthians player.
Despite the obvious quality that Willian possesses, he will have to compete with the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Ramire, Andre Schurrle and Kevin De Bruyne for a starting place.
The 25 year old will wear the number 22 shirt for the Blues and knows he hasn’t got a guaranteed starting place for the 2009/10 Champions.
The Brazilian said, as reported by Sky Sports: “I know that I haven’t secured my spot here,
“I’ll do my best to achieve that place, while respecting the other players. I’ll train, play and do my best to get the trust of the manager and of the fans.”
The £25m player states that one of the reasons why he joined Chelsea was because he will be noticed more by the national team.
“There is no doubt English football is very big, with huge visibility,” he added. “I hope that helps me to be called up for the national team – but of course that depends on me.
“I’ll have to play and prove I deserve that spot. I first have to become a regular starter [with Chelsea], then play well and be called up [by Brazil]. This is my goal.”
“I’ll train, play and do my best to get the trust of the manager and of the fans.”
After joining Anzhi Makhachkala at the end of January for a reported fee of £30m, the 25-year-old spent just eight months in Russia, where he made 15 appearances before jumping at the chance to join Chelsea.
On his desired move to the Blues, Willian said: “Things just happened. Chelsea came with an offer and everyone knows that I wanted to play for the club since I was at Shakhtar.
“It shook me but I didn’t think twice. As both presidents (Suleyman Kerimov and Roman Abramovich) are friends, that helped too. It was a very easy negotiation.
“The Brazilians called me, especially David Luiz, who told me to come quickly. I was very happy to have them around and they will certainly help me a lot.
“I wanted to play at Chelsea, even more so now with Jose Mourinho, who is the best at what he does.
“When I had a day off, I came to watch the club’s games, so I am more than happy for having made this transfer become true.”