Chelsea star Willian has revealed how he almost clinched a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United before committing his future to the Blues.
The Brazil international endured a tough start to life under Antonio Conte, after being named Chelsea’s Player of the Year in Mourinho’s final season at Stamford Bridge.
Pedro and Eden Hazard were the new manager’s favoured partners for Diego Costa up front, with Willian often relegated to the bench.
“There were a few conversations with my agent. I worked with Mourinho and I became his friend as well,” he explained to Goal.
“He likes me a lot and I like him a lot as a coach and as a person. He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him.
“Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I’m very happy at Chelsea.”