Arsenal and Tottenham have been given a boost in their pursuit of Willian with the winger revealing his ‘desire to stay in the Premier League’ should he leave Chelsea this summer.
The Brazilian international has entered the final months of his Chelsea contract with no progress having been made on a possible extension, with a host of leading clubs monitoring developments ahead of a potential free transfer move.
Willian has won two league titles amongst a collection of major honours since moving to west London seven years ago, but now looks set to depart after more than 300 appearances in all competitions for the club.
The 31-year-old has previously spoken of his happiness with life in London with Arsenal and Spurs are amongst a host of clubs said to be circling the star, and Willian has offered hope to the duo by outlining his preference to remain in English football.
“My desire is to stay in the Premier League, but I don’t rule out playing in other leagues, no,” Willian told ESPN Brazil.
“I’m going to play until the end of the season and see what happens. I’m very used to England.”
Willian added that he believes he is at ‘the peak’ of his career and his desire is to remain in European football, ruling out a possible return to Brazil and former club Corinthians.
“About Corinthians, everyone asks me this question. Of course, I have affection for the club, I joined there when I was nine, I left when I was 18, I spent most of the time there, I have many friends there, the whole family was a Corinthians player before I played there. But today, I don’t think about going back to play. My goal is to continue in Europe.”
“I feel that I am at the peak today,” he added. “We acquire something over the years, and I believe it is the peak of my career, yes.”