The 25-year-old Brazilian was today granted a work permit and has signed a five-year contract, having moved to England from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. He will wear the no. 22 shirt.
On completing his move, Willian said: ‘I’m very happy to be here, it’s been a dream of mine to come and play here. Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world, and now I’m going to play for one of the best managers in the world, so I’m very happy and looking forward to it.‘
The Londoners struck an £32m agreement with the ailing Anzhi Makhachkala last week for the 25-year-old, trumping Tottenham Hotspur in the process despite the player having undergone a medical with Spurs last Thursday. The Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, made a personal call to his fellow Russian oligarch, Suleyman Kerimov, the Anzhi owner, to smooth the deal, albeit for a slightly higher price than that previously agreed with Tottenham.
Possessing the trademark Brazilian skills, and with the guile and creativity to unlock tight defences, during his time at Shakhtar, Willian won four league titles, three Ukrainian Cups, three Ukrainian Super Cups and, most memorably, the 2009 UEFA Cup, which was clinched with a 2-1 over Werder Bremen. He also scored twice at Stamford Bridge when we beat Shakhtar 3-2 in the group stages of last season’s Champions League. He also impressed during our 2-1 defeat in the away game.
He made his debut for the club during a 3-1 Europa League win over Hannover and scored his first goal in a 3-0 victory at VN Novgorod. He made his Brazil senior debut on 10 November 2011 in a friendly match against Gabon and has two caps. He becomes the sixth current Chelsea player from that country.
Meanwhile, another Anzhi player, Samuel Eto’o, remains in talks with Chelsea over a potential one-year contract at Stamford Bridge to be reunited with Mourinho, with whom he won the European Cup while at Internazionale in 2010. The veteran Cameroon international is expected to waive the chance of a return to San Siro by moving to London on a short-term deal, with Chelsea now resigned to missing out on their principal summer target, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.