English Premiership

Mourinho tried to sign me, says Willian

2017-02-10 08:49
Willian (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea winger Willian has revealed that representatives from Manchester United made an approach to sign him before the start of the current Premier League season.

The Brazilian was a key member of the Chelsea team which won the Premier League under Jose Mourinho two seasons ago, making 35 appearances as the Blues romped to the title.

So far this season, though, the 28-year-old has been in an out of Antonio Conte's Chelsea side, and ahead of Chelsea's trip to Burnley on Sunday, the 28-year-old confirmed that he was approached by the Red Devils.

"There were enquiries, yes. It was from Manchester United, because Mourinho is there too," he is quoted as saying to Globo Esporte.

"From other clubs I don't know but there are always some things on the internet. I'm glad to hear that there are clubs that admire my work."

Whilst he hasn't been a key member of Conte's side so far, Willian admitted he is a fan of how the former Juventus boss goes about his work.

"We [the team] had a difficult start, but then we got it right. He [Conte] is coaching, coaching, helping all players," Willian continued.

"It is worth mentioning the group of players also, who managed to understand his philosophy of work, take ideas into the field and do a good job."

Chelsea who hold a 9 point lead at the top of the Premier League table travel to Turf Moor to face Sean Dyche's Burnley on Sunday in a league encounter.

Kick off is at 15:30.

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