Chelsea winger Willian has backed Jose Mourinho to strengthen Manchester United next season once he is appointed as manager.
Mourinho signed Willian from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala for £30million three years ago and he still has two years left on his current deal in West London. Last season in a dreadful campaign for Chelsea, Willian scored 11 goals across all competitions to be named the Chelsea’s Player of the Year and was their shining light.
Speaking about his future, Willian insists he played his best football under Mourinho and was sad it all fell apart under Jose.
He said: “Jose is one of the most successful coaches in the world and Manchester United will be stronger with him as manager.
“I played some of my best football under Mourinho. He is a special coach and I have a great relationship with him.
“Winning the Premier League with him was one of the highlights of my career. I was sad things didn’t work out after that,” he said.
With Mourinho set to take over at Old Trafford, he’ll be looking to make plenty of changes to the current squad and may be interested in a reunion with the Brazilian as he hints he’d love to play under the Portuguese boss again.
The 27-year-old excelled under both Mourinho and his replacement Guus Hiddink, he was a major reason why Chelsea managed to stay out of the relegation zone during their abysmal start to the campaign while Mourinho was in charge. Willian was arguably the only player to perform to his true potential before Mourinho was sacked in December.
Chelsea have failed to qualify for Europe with a 10th place finish but they’ll have no intention of letting Willian leave this summer. He is reportedly rated at £60million and would be an unlikely target for Jose at that price.