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Willian set to stay at Chelsea — report

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Confirming what everyone already suspected

Chelsea Training and Press Conference Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

According to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte, Willian is set to stay at Chelsea — at least until the next transfer window. Only a major change in circumstances, such as a huge offer from one of his reported suitors in Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid, would change the situation. That may be an obvious development, but there has been some renewed doubt about the situation following the “strange” case of Willian’s delayed return and possible passport issue.

But Willian is otherwise said to be happy to stay at Chelsea, now that Antonio Conte’s gone. And Chelsea are probably okay with one more season of Willian (and Pedro), both capable wingers with fantastic talent waiting just behind them in Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The only immediately tangible drawback to Willian staying is the stack of cash, counted in tens of millions, that Chelsea are leaving on the table in incoming transfer fees. Those fees could’ve, in turn, be used to sign a replacement, either an already world class player or one who could develop into one with just a little help.

Sarri and Willian are set for some clear-the-air talks this weekend, or perhaps earlier as Willian was back in training today, but barring any drastic changes — something you can’t ever truly count out in Silly Season — this should be the end of Willian’s saga for this summer.

We’ll get to revisit this issue in 6-12 months. For now, it’s time to concentrate on the season ahead, which starts in less than 10 days.


P.S.: In a rather strange and probably unrelated development, Willian has launched legal proceedings against the authors of a fake letter making the football rounds about a change of agent. He apparently never signed or seen this document, and claims that his signature was forged.

In the recent days I have been informed that a “letter of authorization for player agent FIFA”, allegedly signed in my name has been circulated through the football market. In such letter, Mr. Denirobson Dias would grant an authorization to Mr. Renee Pinheiro Anunciação to represent me until 15 August 2018, throughout football clubs in the United Kingdom and France. I would like to clarify that I never signed such letter, the content of which I completely deny. Finally, since there seem to be clear evidence that my signature has been forged, or anyway misused, I hereby inform that my lawyers are already instructed to proceed with all appropriate legal measures before any competent courts or authorities. I hope I have clarified the matter and any possible misunderstanding. Willian Borges da Silva Nos últimos dias fui informado de que uma “carta de autorização para agente de jogadores FIFA”, supostamente assinada por mim, está circulando pelo mercado do futebol. Na referida carta, o Sr. Denirobson Dias concede uma autorização ao Sr. Renee Pinheiro Anunciação para me representar até 15 de agosto de 2018, perante os clubes do Reino Unido e França. Gostaria de esclarecer que nunca assinei tal carta, cujo conteúdo nego completamente. Finalmente, uma vez que parece haver provas claras de que a minha assinatura foi falsificada, ou de qualquer forma mal utilizada, informo que meus advogados já estão instruídos a proceder com todas as medidas legais cabíveis perante quaisquer tribunais ou autoridades competentes. Espero ter esclarecido o assunto e qualquer possível mal-entendido. Willian Borges da Silva

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In the recent days I have been informed that a “letter of authorization for player agent FIFA”, allegedly signed in my name has been circulated through the football market. In such letter, Mr. Denirobson Dias would grant an authorization to Mr. Renee Pinheiro Anunciação to represent me until 15 August 2018, throughout football clubs in the United Kingdom and France. I would like to clarify that I never signed such letter, the content of which I completely deny. Finally, since there seem to be clear evidence that my signature has been forged, or anyway misused, I hereby inform that my lawyers are already instructed to proceed with all appropriate legal measures before any competent courts or authorities. I hope I have clarified the matter and any possible misunderstanding.