Brazilian international Willian has been a Chelsea player for just over a year now, and, despite being in-and-out of the playing squad, he has endeared himself to the Blues fans with his hard-working displays.
Despite scoring just five goals in 53 games for the club - a statistic which the player himself knows has to improve - the 26-year-old is always cheered onto the pitch, and he holds a special place in the hearts of the Blues supporters - having chosen Chelsea over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a last-minute switch.
Whilst the crowd at Stamford Bridge have come under criticism in recent weeks from Blues head coach Jose Mourinho, who claimed it was too quiet on matchdays, Willian has nothing but praise for the West London crowd, claiming that it feels ‘amazing’ to have a connection with the supporters, despite his short time at the club.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website, the Brazilian winger said: “I feel so much love from the supporters even though I've only been here just over a year.
“It doesn't matter if it's on or off the pitch, they sing my name and I try to repay them with goals and assists. It's amazing to have that connection.”
Willian also mentioned that the supporters give him extra motivation to perform well, with fans singing his name giving him more energy to succeed.
“We are already very motivated every time we run out onto the pitch,” the 26-year-old added.
“But it definitely adds a little bit extra when you can hear the fans singing your name. When your legs are feeling tired it can give you that extra bit of energy.”
If the Chelsea fans are to continue singing his name, they will be hoping that Willian uses that extra motivation to score more goals, with a consistent route to the back of the net the only thing missing from his game.