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Not even the quick-witted midfield core could save Chelsea from an unlikely Champions League defeat midweek, but if boss Roberto Di Matteo can take one thing away from his trip to Donetsk it will be a player by the name of Willian, who has issued a come-get-me plea.
The papers are nocking up this transfer embargo to be this season’s battle of London clubs, pitting Chelsea against Tottenham for the signature of the sprightly Brazilian, but his sights are set on Stamford Bridge.
Where better to endorse his own capability to boss his team to a well earned victory than against a club at which he dreams to play football, the hint was hard to miss and Di Matteo will look to put together a handsome sum to secure the deal.
Lurking in the shadows is Spurs boss Andre-Villas Boas, he failed with a previous attempt to sign Willian during his reign at Chelsea but still remains in touch with the player, hence the fabricated transfer rumours knocking around.
Willian, who joined Shakhtar in late 2007, has just two international caps to his name and wants to carve a place in the senior squad indefinitely, his chosen strategy being to head to a big club and mix it up with the best in the world week in week out.
If Chelsea’s chiefs do not sanction a move for Willian he will seek to ply his trade in Italian football in which so many of his Brazilian companions have evolved their careers to become international superstars.
In the Telegraph’s recent piece, he comments: “I would like to move from Shakhtar, my work here is complete… “I’ve already made it clear to everyone, I want to go. I would like to play in a big team in a big tournament like the Premier League or Serie A. I like Chelsea, AC Milan and Inter.
“I know Chelsea wanted me in the past, but the club didn’t want me to leave, I think [because of] the price. I still have two years left on my contract with Shakhtar, the only thing I can do is to keep playing well, try to go on in the Champions League and hope to move next year.
With the World Cup in home country Brazil shuffling closer by the day, Willian knows he needs to move on now to secure his midfield slot in the national side.
“Playing at the World Cup in Brazil is my dream, my main goal, and it is only going to happen if I move out, I respect the position of the club but I have to remaining playing at a high level to receive new bids.”