Willian admits to having a special affection for Mourinho and hints he would welcome a transfer to Man Utd.
Frederik Dill 19.05.17
One of Mourinho’s top targets for the upcoming transfer window would be to sign the Chelsea midfielder as he missed out last summer.
It has been revealed earlier this week that Chelsea would open to offering the 28-year-old. In order to fund Antonio Conte’s transfer budget, they are seeking to offload players.
Willian was asked in an interview with ESPN Brazil, which managers he has worked with. This is where Willian hailed Mourinho.
Saying: “I learned something from all of them.”
‘When I went to Shakhtar with Lucescu. When I left Shakhtar, in a very short spell at Anzhi with Guus Hiddink, I learned a lot. And then here at Chelsea with Mourinho, a manager who helped me a lot, I learned a lot from him.”
‘So with all of them I learned a lot. But we always have a special affection for somebody, and you feel that, that it is reciprocal of him. And we’re not even working together anymore, but we’ve become friends. And it’s Mourinho.
‘The coach who has helped me since my arrival at Chelsea. That backed me, that put me to play, that relied on my potential, that relied on my work.
‘So no doubt I have affection for all, but Mourinho was a guy that I have a special affection and helped me a lot.’
When asked about Mourinho’s reputation, Willian replied: ‘Actually, he’s a smart manager, I really enjoyed working with him.
‘Like every manager, when the team loses, or something happens, the team don’t do well, the manager ends up getting upset. But it’s part of the job.
‘He is a manager who talks to players, who is tactically very smart, knows how to lead the group well.
‘So I only have good things to say about him, this whole time I worked with him at Chelsea was very good. So he is a very good manager and person, and always tries to do the best for the team.’
Willian made clear about the link with United, but admitted he is happy at Chelsea.
‘The rumours here in England are very big,’