Manchester United target Willian reveals special relationship with Jose Mourinho

Manchester United target Willian reveals special relationship with Jose Mourinho

Manchester United target and Chelsea midfielder William has shed light on the special relationship he has with Jose Mourinho.

The Brazilian was brought to Stamford Bridge by Mourinho prior to his second spell in charge of Chelsea and has gone on to make 177 appearances for the blues, claiming two Premier League titles in the process.

Willian recently revealed that Mourinho approached him once again soon after taking charge at Old Trafford but made it clear he was happy at Chelsea.

Speaking earlier this week, he singled out Mourinho as a coach he had “special affection” for following his second spell with the West London side.

“So no doubt I have affection for all (the coaches), but Mourinho was a guy that I have a special affection and helped me a lot,” he said.

“The rumours here in England are very big. I’m happy here. Happy to live in London & my family is well adapted here.”

Willian arrived in England off the back of an especially strange spell with Anzhi Makhachkala – an eight month period that saw him pick up an injury on his debut before being transfer listed, alongside the entire Anzhi squad as part of a business restructuring plan, after managing just one goal. 

A strange process to be part of, that’s for sure, but Mourinho quickly brought him under his wing and turned him into an indefatigable, skilful asset capable of helping out defensively as well as bursting forward and damaging opponents on the break. His role was made immediately clear from day one and he hasn’t looked back since, morphing into a hardened talent capable of flourishing in the Premier League.

He would, no doubt, serve as a fantastic acquisition at Old Trafford, but it doesn’t seem like there is any reason to ponder leaving Chelsea – the established top dogs in England – at this given time.

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