'He's one of us': Some Chelsea fans love what Willian has now said about the club

Quite a few Chelsea supporters on social media took very kindly to Willian’s recent remarks about his former employers.

Speaking on Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel, Willian revealed that he supported the Blues over Arsenal.

When asked which London club he preferenced, his reply leaned towards Stamford Bridge.

“Chelsea. I respect Arsenal, but I support Chelsea,” said the Brazilian.

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Willian jumping ship

Willian made the risky leap of switching capital city allegiance last year, following a disagreement with the Chelsea chain of command over a new contract.

After seven years of silverware-laden service to the current Champions League holders, the winger joined Arsenal last summer.

In hindsight, his move to the Emirates was extremely ill-judged.

37, generally underwhelming appearances went by in the red and white with just one goal to show for it.

Just a season into his three-year deal, Willian left Arsenal to join Corinthians, the team where his career kick-started.

Once a Blue…

That stint in the north had nothing on his long spell in the southwest, which is evident by the answer he gave to the question of loyalty.

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A response that had Chelsea fans filling up with joy for the attacker they called their own for so long.

Here’s how they reacted to Willian’s remarks on Twitter:

Sadly for Willian, that patch with Arsenal put a stain on an otherwise excellent adventure in England.

He played 339 times for Chelsea, winning two league titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Europa League.

In that period, he also earned the Blues’ Player of the Year and two Players’ Player of the Year awards.

We will never forget your contributions, Willian!

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.