€37m Willian sticks it to Spurs: 'I wanted to run to Chelsea'

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New Chelsea signing Willian has spoken about his decision to sign for them, rather than Tottenham.

Just when we thought we had seen it all this transfer window, Tottenham suffered some good old fashioned gazumping.

They believed they had signed Willian, only for Chelsea to gatecrash the deal, much to the amusement of boss Jose Mourinho who laughed about it in his press conference the next day.

The Brazilian sealed his switch to Chelsea on Wednesday, following a successful work permit hearing, leaving Anzhi Machachkala behind him.

And his comments, while not specifically mentioning Tottenham, are a real snub to the club he almost signed for.

He told Chelsea's official club website:

"I've always been following Chelsea and every time I came to London I would try to see a Chelsea game and see how the team was doing because it's been my dream to come and play here.

Finally it's become a reality, and when the offer came I never gave a thought to anybody else, I said to myself that I would run here, and I'm happy to be here now. Chelsea was always my first choice.

"It's going to be an immense pleasure to work with Jose Mourinho, listen to him and learn from him. I'm sure I'm going to grow as a professional and I'm looking forward to training."

It really does indicate that Spurs are probably best off without a player who has now confessed his love for their rivals, although you can't help but wonder what he would have said if he was being unveiled by Tottenham today instead.

Was the 'Spurs move' all a ploy from Willian's agent Kia Joorabchian to force the hand of Chelsea? If so it worked a treat.

Chelsea are happy, and so clearly is Willian. Having moved a step closer to the signing of Erik Lamela today, it's likely Tottenham fans are moving on themselves too.

What do you make of his comments? 

 image: © Jason Bagley

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