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Rudiger heaps praise on Arsenal-linked Willian

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Antonio Rudiger has heaped praise on Willian, who is on the verge of swapping Chelsea for Arsenal on a free transfer this summer.

After failing to agree on fresh terms at Chelsea, Willian has reportedly struck an agreement with Arsenal over a summer transfer.

Frank Lampard’s side refused to meet the Brazilian’s appeals for a three-year contract.

The Gunners, on the other hand, had no problems with Willian’s age (31), having offered the winger a three-year deal worth £150,000-per-week.

Now, the former Anzhi Makhachkala man’s teammate, Antonio Rudiger, has offered his opinion of Willian’s qualities both on and off the pitch.

“Since day one of coming to Chelsea, he [Willian] and David Luiz got me into the team and helped me out in the first couple of months because it was not that easy,” Rudiger told the Daily Mail.

“He is a great guy and a really, really good footballer.

“He is calm and humble, and it will be sad if I don’t see him again as a teammate.”

Rudiger also emphasized Willian’s ability to change the pace of the game, comparing him to the ex-Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard.

“He [Willian] is not the type of player who talks that much,” the German defender said. “He does his thing on the pitch, just like Eden Hazard. By playing, he shows what he is about.

“He is a guy who dictates the game, and not many players in the world have this type of quality.

“He is always training [hard] and practicing free-kicks after. He is someone who always wants to improve.”

Willian joined Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 for a fee of £30million.

So synonymous with the blue of Chelsea, the skillful forward has since racked up 63 goals and 62 assists in 339 appearances for the Stamford Bridge side.

During his seven-year spell in west London, Willian has lifted five major trophies, including two Premier League crowns.