Chelsea target Willian remains hopeful Blues deal will go through

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian admits he is still hoping he will seal a move to Chelsea in the January transfer window

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Chelsea are believed to have had a £16.5m bid turned down for Willian this week Photo: The Sport Review

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Willian admits he is hoping he will seal a move to Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk during the January transfer window.

Andre Villas-Boas reportedly had a bid of around £16.5m for the 23-year-old midfielder turned down by the club this week – but the player is still hopeful the two clubs will settle on a fee.

“Chelsea are known as one of the biggest and most successful clubs around,” Willian told the Sun. “If a deal doesn’t go through, I’ll understand. But I hope it happens.

“They have a culture of winning trophies and that excites me. To play for them is a challenge I would accept and enjoy.”

“I have friends in the Brazil side who play for Chelsea, like David and Ramires. All they talk about is the thrill of being in a city like London and playing for a club like Chelsea.

“I’ve known David since we played together in the Brazil under-20 side and he talks about what Villas-Boas is trying to build at Chelsea.

“He and Ramires feel he wants a core of young players who can mature and grow together but also be successful.

“David says how the coach takes a real interest in all his players, how he can adapt different cultures together and bring the best out of them.”

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