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Willian bids Chelsea good bye

Chelsea winger Willian has announced that he will be leaving Chelsea after seven years with the club.

In an open letter to Blues fans published via his social media channels on Sunday, the Brazilian announced that the “the time has come to move on” after seven “wonderful” years at Stamford Bridge.

Willian made 47 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea in 2019/20, but his future has been subject to intense speculation for some time and he only agreed a short-term contract extension covering the end of the coronavirus-hit campaign in June.

An agreement over a long-term deal was never reached, with Willian – who turns 32 today – rejecting the offer of a two-year contract as he held out for the added security of an extra 12 months.

Losing FA Cup finalists Chelsea saw their long season finally ended on Saturday night as they crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Bayern Munich in their Champions League last-16 second-leg contest. They lost the tie 7-1 on aggregate.

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“They were seven wonderful years,” Willian – who missed both the FA Cup Final and the trip to the Allianz Arena through injury – wrote after that loss.

“In August 2013 when I received the offer from Chelsea, I was convinced that this is where I wanted to play. Today, I am certain that it was the best of decisions. There were so many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intense.

“Yet, beyond the trophies, I learnt a lot about myself. I developed a great deal, becoming a better player and a better person. With each training session, with each game, with each minute spent in the dressing room, I was always learning.

“I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans for the affectionate way they welcomed me at Stamford Bridge and their support throughout my time at the club.

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