Former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Willian ‘set for shock Premier League return with Fulham’
Former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Willian ‘is set for a shock Premier League return at 34 with Fulham’ as Corinthians CANCEL his contract after just a year
- Willian had his contract cancelled with boyhood club Corinthians on Wednesday
- The Brazilian has been strongly linked with a move to newly-promoted Fulham
- He spent just one year in his homeland after moving from Arsenal last summer
- His family were keen to return to Europe after struggling to settle in Brazil
- The midfielder won two Premier League titles during his spell at Chelsea
Fulham are set to sign former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Willian, after the Brazilian’s contract with Corinthians was terminated on Wednesday, according to reports.
Willian’s deal at his boyhood club, who he joined from Arsenal last summer, was cancelled after Corinthians’ Copa Libertadores quarter-final exit to Flamengo 3-0 on aggregate.
The 34-year-old had agreed a two-year-deal with the Brazilian side before Wednesday’s premature termination after just a year.
Willian left Corinthians after their defeat to Flamengo in the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday
The midfielder joined Chelsea in 2013 after Jose Mourinho signed him from Anzi Makhackala
He flopped at Arsenal after departing Chelsea, scoring once in 37 matches for the Gunners
According to GOAL, the former Chelsea star now looks set to secure a shock return to the Premier League after just one year by signing for newly-promoted Fulham, as Marco Silva’s side set about avoiding relegation.
Willian enjoyed a superb spell at Stamford Bridge, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League during his seven-year-stay.
He joined Arsenal in 2020 after failing to agree a new deal at Chelsea, but flopped at the Emirates, scoring just once in 37 matches before the Gunners terminated his contract two years early.
Fulham manager Marco Silva wants to add Premier League experience to his squad
The 70-capped Brazil international had been expected to play for Corinthians until 2023 but wanted to move back to England, with a release clause in his contract allowing a return to Europe if he wished.
Willian’s family have not adapted to their return to South America as well as had been hoped, after living in Europe for 14 years and reportedly wanted to move back to the continent where the midfielder has spent most of his career.
He struggled with injuries while back in Brazil, scoring just once in 44 matches, and has now agreed to sacrifice his future salary to depart.
His wife and family have also been bothered by social media incidents from fans since returning to Willian’s homeland, with Corinthians currently second in the Brazilian top flight.
Willian came through the youth ranks at Vitor Pereira’s side, before a move to Europe with Shakhtar Donetsk.
A short spell at the once heavily-backed Anzi Makhackala followed before Jose Mourinho signed him for Chelsea in the summer of 2013.
He would be a shrewd addition for Marco Silva’s side who is looking to add Premier League experience to his squad.
The Cottagers began their campaign with an impressive 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Saturday and travel to Wolves this weekend.
Willian won five trophies while at Stamford Bridge, including two Premier League titles