Brazilian says club have been interested for a while.
Chelsea new boy Willian has said that he knew of the club’s interest in him for a long time before he actually put pen-to-paper on a deal at Stamford Bridge, Sky Sports reports.
The 25-year-old linked up with Jose Mourinho’s men after just eight months with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala where he made only 15 appearances before deciding to make the move to the Premier League last month.
He came close to joining Premier League rivals Spurs, only for Mourinho to swoop in and land his signature right under the north London club’s noses, and the player admitted that his decision was easy to make after hearing of Chelsea’s interest all those months ago.
“They made an offer two months ago but I was not allowed to leave,” he told Brazilian television station Sportv.
“I kept following the club and I used to go to London to follow Chelsea whenever I had free time and now my dream has come true.
“I will work with Mourinho who is the best manager and I will grow a lot with him.”
Willian will now face the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata, Ramires, Andre Schurrle and Kevin De Bruyne for a place in the starting line up, something which he both recognises and relishes.
“They are quality players and nobody can take their place for granted. So I have to work hard to get a place in the first team,” he said.
“Other clubs were interested, but my intention and dream of playing for Chelsea made the difference.
“The opportunity to play with Mourinho, the best manager in the world, also made a lot of difference. I always dreamed of wearing Chelsea’s jersey.”
He also believes that his move to London will aide his cause with getting into the Brazilian national side for next summer’s World Cup.
“It’s my objective – I want to play in the World Cup, be among the 23 players in the squad. It’s a dream I have and order to achieve it, I need to have a great season at Chelsea,” he said.
“I want to play for the national team. I had a chance to when Mano Menezes was the manager and I hope to have with Scolari too. But I have to work hard and do my best every game.”