Brazilian midfielder Willian Borges da Silva has confirmed his departure from Chelsea after seven years at Stamford Bridge.
Willian, whose contract with the Blues ended in June, rejected a two-year contract extension with the club.
In an open letter to Chelsea’s fans on Sunday, 9th August, Willian said: “They were seven wonderful years. In August 2013, when I received the offer from Chelsea, I was convinced that this was where I had to play. There were so many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intense.
“I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans for the affectionate way they welcomed me to Stamford Bridge and their support throughout my time at the club. The time has now come to move on. I am certainly going to miss my team-mates. I will miss all of the staff at the club who’ve always treated me like a son and I will miss the fans.
The playmaker joined Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, going on to make 234 English Premier League appearances for the Blues.
“I leave with my head held high, safe in the knowledge that I won things here and I always did my best in a Chelsea shirt. My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you and God bless you!”
Willian has won the Premier League tittle twice in 2015 and 2017 and lifted the Uefa Europa League trophy in 2019, and FA Cup in 2018.
He is believed to be making a move to the North London after Arsenal offered him a three-year deal.