Despite only joining Anzhi Makhachkala in January, Willian has not given up on his dream move to the Premier League just yet, and hopes that a move to a big club might propel him into the Brazil national team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
The 24-year-old joined Anzhi from Shakhtar for €35million in January, but has told Goal.com that he was left with little option as no other team would meet his buy-out clause.
“I had offers from big English clubs and from other places, but Shakhtar never accepted them. Anzhi were the only ones who agreed to pay for my release clause. I have enormous affection and respect for this club, but everybody knows that my dreams and desires haven’t changed,” he said.
“I have the goal of playing for a big club and being in the spotlight to rejoin the Brazil national team but for now I’m an Anzhi player, and I intend to keep playing here with a calm mind.
“They [Shakhtar] were only willing to let me go if someone could pay the release clause fee. I wanted very badly to go to England, but I have no regrets and couldn’t wait any longer to leave Shakhtar. They used to tell me one thing and then act otherwise.”
Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have both been linked with a move for Willian in the past, and Andre Villas-Boas is known to be an admirer of the Brazilian player.
The move would make sense for the player, as he would be playing in a high profile league alongside fellow Brazil internationals Paulinho and Sandro.
Spurs would be no doubt keen to sign the Anzhi player if they lost Bale, with Willian able to play in a variety of positions that would complement Andre Villas-Boas’ style and system at White Hart Lane.
A move still seems unlikely, but in this craziest of summers, it is hard to know exactly what will happen next, and if Spurs suddenly find themselves flush with cash, they might be encouraged to go after a long-term target in the shape of Willian.