Former Chelsea prima Willian believes his aged nine person secured a bully subordinate successful Enzo Fernandez while nan seizure of Mykhailo Mudryk threw up memories of his ain move to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues spent complete £250million successful an incredibly engaged January model which culminated pinch nan Premier League grounds signing of Fernandez for £106m from Benfica connected deadline day.
The 22-year-old is successful statement to make his debut against Fulham astatine Stamford Bridge connected Friday night, pinch a resurgent Willian connected nan opposing team, and nan Brazilian is simply a instrumentality of his chap South American.
Asked astir Fernandez’s club-record move to Chelsea, Willian told The Times: ‘I saw immoderate highlights [during the] World Cup – he looks good!’
The Argentina world – who was named nan champion young subordinate successful Qatar – was not nan only big-money presence astatine Chelsea past month, pinch nan westbound Londoners hijacking Arsenal’s move for Mudryk successful a woody that could scope £88m.
Arsenal had been locked successful talks pinch Shakhtar Donetsk for months, while nan subordinate himself had been hopeless to subordinate nan Premier League leaders, but were blown retired of nan h2o by Chelsea’s offer.
The quality of Chelsea’s swoop conjured memories of Willian’s move to nan Bridge successful 2013, pinch nan Brazilian having been flown to London by Tottenham who thought they had a woody afloat agreed.
But connected nan time he was owed to motion for Spurs, Chelsea swooped successful astatine nan past infinitesimal and agreed a woody pinch Anzhi Makhachkala. Willian had only been astatine nan Russian nine for a fewer months, having antecedently spent six years astatine Shakhtar – nan very aforesaid nine Mudryk besides played for.
The similarities are clear to spot and Willian says erstwhile Chelsea travel calling for you it is very difficult to opportunity nary – moreover pinch nan caller owners having taken complete and nan nine languishing successful 10th place.
‘I tin spot it’s different but Chelsea is Chelsea,’ nan 34-year-old continued.
‘It’s a large club. They are successful a difficult infinitesimal this season. But they person everything to beryllium backmost successful nan apical position, to conflict for titles, because it is simply a large club.’
He continued: ‘I was expected to spell to Tottenham. I was successful London almost 3 weeks, waiting, waiting, waiting. And nan time that I went to motion my statement pinch Tottenham, Chelsea came in.
‘My supplier said, “Chelsea person called and want you there, what do we do now?” I said I wanted to spell to Chelsea.
‘I person respect for Tottenham arsenic well, but it was nan champion prime of my career, because it was my dream to spell to Chelsea. When I was successful Ukraine I watched guys for illustration John Terry, Didier Drogba, [Michael] Essien, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, a batch of stars.’
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