Chelsea signed up Willian from Tottenham in the summer of 2013, and the Brazilian went on to spend 7 exciting years as a Chelsea player.
Willian has called his transfer to Chelsea the best decision of his career, but it came with a lot of controversy, as Chelsea hijacked the deal just as Willian was about signing for Tottenham.
Chelsea fans have always mocked Spurs fans about the Willian deal, saying that Spurs paid for Willian’s flight only for the Brazilian to join Chelsea.
Explaining how it went about, Willian said: “I was in London for two weeks, waiting, waiting for Tottenham to decide. Because they were in a situation where Gareth Bale was in the process of leaving them to join Real Madrid.
“Liverpool were also interested. I wasn’t sure about Chelsea. They’d shown interest but it wasn’t so firm at first.
“(They) came on the day I was going to sign the contract with Spurs. I was at Tottenham’s training ground to finalise the deal when the call came. My agent said to me; ‘Chelsea just called me and they want you’.
“I said; ‘OK, I want to go there!’. Then I left the training ground and went back to the hotel. It was a difficult situation because I’d agreed more or less to join Spurs. But in my mind was only Chelsea.
“Once the deal between Anzhi and Chelsea was agreed, I only wanted to go there. It was the best decision of my career.”