Willian says ‘time has now come’ to leave Chelsea

August 10, 2020
Chelsea’s Willian (right) watches Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Willy Boly leaping for a header during the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge in London, July 26, 2020.
Chelsea’s Willian (right) watches Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Willy Boly leaping for a header during the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge in London, July 26, 2020.

LONDON (AP):

Brazil forward Willian used his 32nd birthday to announce that the "time has now come" to leave Chelsea.

Willian is out of contract following a seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge amid repeated media reports of a free transfer switch to London rivals Arsenal.

"The time has now come to move on. I am certainly going to miss my teammates," he wrote in an open letter to Chelsea fans published yesterday on Twitter.

Willian won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Europa League with Chelsea and said he would depart with his "head held high".

He later added: "Thanks for everything @chelseafc and Chelsea fans!!!"

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