This may not be good news to fans of Chelsea as their Player of the Year for last season, Willian has openly talked about his ‘special affection’ for Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho amid transfer rumours linking him with a reunion with his former manager.
The 28-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer after a deal failed to materialize last term and Chelsea are willing to offload Willian this summer in order to fund Antonio Conte’s transfer budget.
Speaking with ESPN Brasil, via Sport Witness, Willian revealed: ‘I learned something from all of them. I learned a lot.
‘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.’
The Brazilian was asked if the public perception of his former boss is unfair and he 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.’
‘The rumours here in England are very big,’ said the midfielder.
‘Of course I’m happy when other managers show up interested in my football, I’m very happy about that, but today I’m a Chelsea player.
‘I have a contract until 2020 and I’m happy here at the club. Happy to live in London and my family is well adapted here, too.’