Willian: I wanted to stay at Chelsea

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Brazilian winger Willian says he wanted to stay at Chelsea but revealed why he ended up leaving for London rivals Arsenal.

Willian became the latest player to switch North London for Stamford Bridge after making the move on a free transfer before the start of the season.

The 32-year-old admits it was a tough decision to leave for a city rival, but the Blues did not want to agree to his terms of a three-year extension.

“It was difficult to make that decision because the rivalry between the two clubs is very big," he told UOL Esporte.

“It was well thought out... talking to my wife and even the agent many times.

“I didn't leave the club with a fight, I left the doors open. Everyone knew the conditions, I really wanted to stay.

“We ended up not finding an agreement, I ended up asking for three years, Chelsea wanted to give two, and everyone knows this story. That's why I ended up leaving.”

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