Arsenal star Willian has opened up on his departure from Chelsea, admitting the Stamford Bridge outfit’s behaviour was “strange”.
The Brazilian wanted to stay at Chelsea and was keen to put pen to paper on a three-year contract.
But Frank Lampard’s side were not willing to offer Willian a deal of that length and he ended up leaving the club.
And though the 32-year-old winger admits he has been impressed by Arsenal’s attitude towards him, Willian was left surprised by his departure from Chelsea.
“It was difficult,” Willian told the Daily Mail. “They knew how much I wanted to stay.
“I wanted to be a legend for the club. It was strange. But Arsenal was different.
“Every day they called my agent and wanted to meet or talk. They really wanted me to go there.
“That's the difference. I see one club that made a lot of effort for me to go there, pushing a lot. And another who just said: ‘Two years or go'.
“I was a little bit sad with that but I respected Chelsea's policy. Now it's a new club, a new challenge, a new experience, a new life.
“Now it's time to work to try to win more titles.”
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