Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian star Willian is interested in a move to the Premier League within the next six months.
24-year-old attacking midfielder was wanted by Andre Villas-Boas during
the Portuguese's brief tenure as Chelsea boss, but a transfer to Stamford Bridge two summers ago failed
Willian has remained with the upwardly-moving
Ukrainian club, making more than 150 appearances since 2007, and was
part of the side that knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League last
With the January transfer window
open, Villas-Boas, now head coach at Tottenham Hotspur, is again being linked with the former Corinthians man, while Chelsea remain keen on the player along with their London rivals Arsenal and Premier League leaders Manchester United.
Willian, speaking exclusively in the February 2013 issue of FourFourTwo, out
now, says he is ready to move away from Eastern Europe and test himself
"Oh, I want to. I hope so. I hope to move there.
Maybe next season, or even this month, but it's difficult to say anything
because I'm totally focused on my work here, and I prefer not to lose
my grip. Who knows, maybe I'll get offers not only from clubs in England
but teams from other countries too. Let's see what happens.
think I could well be playing there [Chelsea] with [compatriot] Oscar,
but I'm trying to concentrate on my game at Shakhtar and forget about
Willian, who joined Shakhtar for $19 million on a
five-year contract in 2007 and has gone on to win four Ukrainian
Premier League titles, the Ukrainian Cup on three occasions as well as
the UEFA Cup, has also distanced himself from claims by Donetsk
team-mate and ex-Arsenal goal-getter Eduardo that there are only three
English clubs 'good enough' for Willian: Manchester United, Chelsea and
"Absolutely not. Tottenham are a big team with a
great structure and great players too. I would rate them with Chelsea,
Arsenal and Manchester United."
Read the full interview with Willian in the February 2013 issue of FourFourTwo, which features the Players' Poll, after we surveyed 100 professional footballers in England and Scotland and received incredible responses on drugs, racism and match-fixing. The issue also includes a One-on-One interview with Rio Ferdinand and the 28 funniest stories you've never heard. Buy it now, digitally and in print
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