Arsenal winger Willian has revealed that he “really wanted to stay at Chelsea” but was forced to leave the West London club due to a disagreement over his contract.
The Brazil international said so ahead of the Arsenal Premier League clash against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.
Recall, Willian came to Arsenal as a free agent in last summer transfer window.
Willian enjoyed an impressive debut for the gunners recording multiple assists in the 3-0 win over Fulham, on the first day of the Premier League season.
He has, however, not been able to build on that form registering two assists and no goals for Mikel Arteta’s side.
The 32-year-old, who played 339 times for Chelsea, won two Premier League titles and one Europa League title in his seven years at Stamford Bridge.
“It was difficult to make that decision,” Willian told UOL Esporte.
“Because the rivalry between the two clubs is very big, it was well thought out talking to my wife and even the agent many times.
“I didn’t leave the club with a fight. I left the doors open. Everyone knew the conditions. I really wanted to stay.
“We ended up not finding an agreement, I ended up asking for three years, Chelsea wanted to give two, and everyone knows this story. That’s why I ended up leaving.”