Chelsea midfielder Willian has offered Tottenham hope of landing him by revealing that he would prefer to remain in the Premier League.
The Brazilian international’s contract with the at Stamford Bridge runs out this summer and Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo have installed Tottenham as the favourites to secure his signature should he become a free agent.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is said to be prepared to move early to strike a deal for the 31-year-old and will reportedly offer him a pay-rise to convince him to make the switch to North London (Football Insider).
The Blues star has already revealed that talks with Chelsea over a new deal have ground to a halt after the club refused to offer him a three-year deal (Gazeta Esportiva).
The former Anzhi Makhachkala star’s latest revelation about wanting to stay in the Premier League comes as an added boost to Spurs’ prospects of landing him this summer.
Speaking to ESPN Brazil, Willian said: “My desire is to stay in the Premier League, but I don’t rule out playing in other leagues, no.
“I’m going to play until the end of the season and see what happens. I’m very used to England.”
However, the winger insisted that his relationship with Frank Lampard remained very good.
He added: “Lampard I know well, in my first year, I had the privilege of playing with him. It has been very good, I am really enjoying it.
“From the beginning, he gave me a lot of confidence. When you have a coach who has confidence, who makes you feel important, it helps performance.
“Because you miss one, two, even three passes and the coach continues to trust you. Players need this.”
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This transfer looks like it is nailed on to go through as Willian might prefer to stay in London and we already know that Jose Mourinho rates him very highly. Given that Daniel Levy has made it clear that it will be difficult to spend big on transfers this summer due to the coronavirus crisis, I believe signing Willian on a free transfer can potentially be a great coup for us.
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