William writes emotional letter to Chelsea, fans as he moves to Arsenal

Willian has confirmed his departure from Chelsea as he penned an emotional open letter to the management of the club and fans.

The Brazilian, 32, spent seven seasons at Stamford Bridge but was unable to agree a contract extension.

In a statement he posted on social media, he said: “They were seven wonderful years. In August 2013 when I received the offer from Chelsea, I was convinced that this was where I had to play.

“Today I am certain that it was the best of decisions. There were so many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intense.

“Yet, beyond the trophies, I learnt a lot about myself. I developed a great deal, becoming a better player and a better person.

“With each training session, with each game, with every minute spent in the dressing room, I was always learning.

“I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans for the affectionate way they welcomed me at Stamford Bridge and their support throughout my time at the club.”

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