Willian has penned an open letter to Chelsea fans as he confirmed his exit from the club after seven years.
The Brazil international, 32, is set to sign for Arsenal this week with reports suggesting he will sign a three-year contract.
Willian signed for the Blues from Ukrainian side Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 and made 339 appearances for the club winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League. He scored 63 goals and made 62 assists in the process.
After Chelsea’s season ended with a 7-1 aggregate drubbing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League – a match he missed through ‘injury’ – Willian took to social media to say his farewell.
— Willian (@willianborges88) August 9, 2020
“They were seven wonderful years. In August 2013 when I received the offer from Chelsea I was convinced that this was where I had to play. Today I am certain that it was the best of decisions. There were so many happy times, some sad, there trophies and it was always very intense.
“Yet beyond trophies, I learn a lot about myself. I developed a great deal becoming a better player and a better person. With each training session, with each game, with every minute spent in the dressing room, I was always learning.
“I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans for the affectionate way they welcomed me at Stamford Bridge and their support throughout my time at the club. There was also criticism, which is normal, what is important though is that both the affection and criticism drove me to always give my all in every training session, every game, to be constantly improving until my very last minute in a Chelsea shirt.
“The time has now come to move on. I am certainly going to miss my teammates. I will miss all the staff at the club who’ve always trated me like a son and I will miss the fans. I leave with my head held high, safe in the knowledge that I won things here and always did my best in a Chelsea shirt!
“My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you and God bless you!”
It’s shaping up to be a busy week at Arsenal. With Willian’s move set to be confirmed and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang close to agreeing a two year contract extension, efforts will then be focused on the recruitment of Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhães from Lille. News of our interest in the 22-year-old broke last week and things appear to be moving quite quickly.