BRAZILIAN winger Willian appears to have let slip he is set to join Fulham after insisting his “goal” is to return to London.
The 34-year-old is a free agent having departed boyhood club Corinthians after just one year back in his native country.
Willian is a free agent after quitting boyhood Brazilian side Corinthians after just one yearCredit: AP
Arsenal flop Willian has insisted he made the decision to quit the Sao Paulo outfit after he and his family were subject to death threats on social media.
Newly-promoted Fulham are understood to be keen on bringing the forward back to the Premier League.
Willian spent seven years in West London with the Cottagers’ rivals Chelsea, where he won five major honours including two top-flight titles.
And the former Shakhtar Donetsk ace, who endured a miserable 2020-21 campaign at the Emirates, has stressed he intends to return to the English capital.
Though he has declared that he doesn’t have a club lined up yet, despite claimed to be in talks with Fulham.
Speaking to Globo Esporte, he said: “My goal is to live abroad.
“In London, I have a British passport, so I can live and live there with my family, that’s my goal.
“I don’t have a club yet. I will decide there.
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“I’m going to travel with the family and there I’ll decide calmly, with a clear head, to see what the best option for me will be, and my family as well.”
Commenting on why he decided to quit Corinthians, he remarked: “The reasons for my departure are the threats I suffered, especially my family. The threats never stopped.
“Whenever Corinthians lost and if sometimes I was not doing well in the game, my family received threats, curses on social media.
“My wife, my daughters, after a while they also started attacking my father, my sister.
“When I returned to Brazil, I came back with a lot of desire to play for Corinthians, I knew the pressure, the demands, the criticism I would receive.
“But I did not come to Brazil to be threatened, to have my family threatened with every game I lost or if I didn’t play a good game.
“That’s the main reason. I know it’s not all fans, I know it’s the minority, but it ends up causing a very big impact and mental damage, especially on my daughters. Emotionally it affects a lot.”