Ex-Chelsea star Willian enters talks with Fulham over potential Premier League return – with Brazilian set to train with Marco Silva after ending his contract with Corinthians
- Willian is expected to speak with newly promoted Fulham about a return to the Premier League
- The winger, 34, recently left Brazil’s Corinthians and can therefore be signed for free
- Former Chelsea and Arsenal star Willian could start training with the Cottagers
Willian trains with Fulham as the former Chelsea star prioritizes a return to England this summer.
The 34-year-old, who left Brazilian club Corinthians last week, is a free agent and has received offers from clubs across Europe.
Fulham is believed to be one of the clubs showing interest in signing the former Brazil international.
Willian (pictured) trains with Premier League side Fulham for a possible move
The former Chelsea winger, 34, is a free agent after leaving Corinthians over threats from fans
And Willian trains with Marco Silva’s team at Fulham’s Motspur Park HQ while staying fit.
As a free agent, Willian can join a new club outside the transfer window, which closes on August 31.
Willian said, “My goal is to live abroad. In London I have an English passport so I can live and live there with my family, that is my goal. (I will) no doubt (live) abroad.
‘I don’t have a club yet. I will decide there. I am going on a trip with the family and there I will calmly, with a clear head, see what is the best option for me and my family.’
The 70-cap international spent seven years in West London with Fulham’s rivals Chelsea before moving to Arsenal on a free transfer.
After leaving the Gunners by mutual consent in August 2021, he returned to his home country to sign for Sao Paulo-based Corinthians, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract.
He could train with Marco Silva’s newly promoted Cottagers side with a view to signing a contract
But after playing 32 games in all competitions and scoring once, he announced last week that he had left his youth club due to the threats he had endured.
He said: ‘The threats have never stopped. Whenever Corinthians lost and sometimes I didn’t do well in the game, my family received threats, curses on social media. My wife, my daughters, after a while they also started attacking my father, my sister.
“I didn’t come to Brazil to be threatened, to threaten my family with every game I lost or if I didn’t play a good game. I know it’s in the minority, but it (has) a very big impact and mental damage, especially on my daughters.
‘Emotionally it has a lot of influence. When it comes to threats, especially to the family, we worry. My family is my greatest asset, so I have to take care of them.”