Willian wants Chelsea and Brazil starting places as he prepares for Premier League life


New Chelsea striker Willian has set himself two targets – to win a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up at Stamford Bridge and to play in his home World Cup in Brazil next summer.

The 25-year-old opted to play for , joining for £30million from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, .

And Willian, who also attracted a bid from Liverpool, believes he can grab Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s attention if he can beat Chelsea’s plethora of stars to a starting place.

"I know that I haven’t secured my spot here, but I will do my best to achieve that place, while respecting the other players," Willian told Brazilian media outlet Globo Esporte.

"I will train, play and do my best to get the trust of the manager and of the fans.

"There is no doubt English football is very big, with huge visibility. I hope that helps me to be called up for the national team – but of course that depends on me.

"I will have to play and prove I deserve that spot. I first have to become a regular starter, then play well and be called up [by Brazil], this is my goal."

Willian faces a tough task in dislodging talents such as Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata from the Chelsea line-up, as well as Andre Schurrle and Kevin De Bruyne.

But the Brazilian, who Mourinho insists the Blues fans should so patience to, believing he will need time to find his feet in the more physical Premier League, is relishing the challenge.

"Chelsea came with an offer and everyone knows that I wanted to play for the club since I was at Shakhtar," he said.

"It shook me, but I didn’t think twice. As both presidents [Suleyman Kerimov and Roman Abramovich] are friends, that helped too. It was a very easy negotiation.

"The Brazilians [at Chelsea] called me, especially David Luiz, who told me to come quickly. I was very happy to have them around and they will certainly help me a lot.

" , who is the best at what he does.

"When I had a day off, I came to watch the club’s games, so I am more than happy for having made this transfer become true."


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