£120,000-a-week Chelsea winger reveals why he refused to join Barcelona
Willian Borges has revealed that he refused to move to Barcelona because he is still happy and settled at Stamford Bridge, while he opened the door to a come back to Brazil with Corinthians in the future.
After the 2018 Mundial, Brazil international was the subject of interest from La Liga champions Blaugrana, who had been chasing him for several years.
Willian had enjoyed an impressive season, scoring a career-high 13 goals in all tournaments, but opted to remain at London club and continues to be an essential figure under current coach Frank Lampard.
‘The only real official offer I had came from Barcelona, last year, after the World Cup,’ Borges said. ‘Barcelona indeed presented an offer to Chelsea, but it was rejected. ‘That was the only actual time I had to discuss something like this with my family, although we love it here. So several factors helped us in staying.’
The 31-year-old winger has less than a year remaining on his current Blues contract, which expires in the summer, and though he is keen to extend his remain, he opened the door to returning to his homeland.
Brazilian attacker continued: ‘If I have to return to Brazil, I’d like to play at Corinthians again. ‘It represents a lot, I was born and raised there, my footballing career began there when I was nine, I’ve spent my entire childhood there. ‘I’ve been a Corinthians fan since I was little, even before I played there, my family also supports the club.’