Chelsea’s Willian reveals he held talks with Manchester United during summer

by Harry Robinson

Chelsea’s Willian has revealed he spoke to Manchester United about a summer transfer move in 2017.

The Brazilian played under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge and was linked with a shock move to Old Trafford. Now rumours are flying about again, with the 29-year-old getting very little game time this season under Antonio Conte, rarely being fitted into the Italian’s 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formations.

Whether there is interest from Man United now is yet to be seen, but the Express suggest Mourinho may look at a reunion with his former-player in January. Willian needs first team football to earn a starting spot in Brazil’s side for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“I had contact with Manchester United but I was not close to leaving,” Willian told UOL. “Of course, sometimes you get upset that you’re not playing.

“But that doesn’t mean you do not like the club or the people who work there.”

United didn’t end up signing Willian, only bringing in three players during the summer, despite Mourinho’s desire to bring in a fourth.

Victor Lindelof joined for £30.7m from Benfica in defence and Romelu Lukaku signed for £75m from Everton while Willian’s Chelsea teammate Nemanja Matic also joined the Reds for around £40m.

Matic was one of Mourinho’s former trusted players at Chelsea, and Willian is another of those. If the Portuguese can convince him to come to Old Trafford in January, he’ll be pleased.

However, it may prove difficult to prise Willian away from Chelsea after they have already let Matic join a Premier League title rival.

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