Willian has made it clear he would have left Chelsea if Antonio Conte had continued as manager at Stamford Bridge.
Enquiries by the club were made in May for the forward, whose relationship with Conte had growingly soured throughout the campaign.
The appointment of manager Maurizio Sarri, however, has convinced him to stay put in West London for the 2018/19 despite interest from Manchester United and Barcelona.
And Willian, when asked whether he would have stayed at Chelsea if Conte continued as manager, responded bluntly: “No chance. No. I’m here because I want to play for Chelsea. I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go.”
The Brazilian is a player Mourinho clearly likes and would have no doubt signed had the opportunity been there. They have worked together before and enjoy an excellent relationship, with the manager signing him from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 and using him effectively during Chelsea’s title triumph in 2015.
In Mourinho’s eyes, he is a more reliable, energetic, disciplined force out wide than Anthony Martial, whose relationship with the boss has rarely entered calm waters. Most supporters, on the other hand, point towards Willian’s lack of goals and assists as a reason behind why the more effervescent and fluid Martial is a better option.