Midfielder Willian spoke briefly on Wednesday afternoon about the decision to leave the Corinthiansconfirmed by the player for the first time to journalist Mauro Naves, from ESPN. After the elimination of the Libertadores club, Duilio Monteiro Alves had already advanced the possibility of the player’s departure.
According to the journalist’s article, the player confirmed his return to Europe. He is negotiating with Fulham, from England, where he has played for Chelsea and Arsenal. Willian also talked about his performance at Alvinegro.
“I know my performance was not what I expected, but I was never a player to score 20 or 30 goals a season,” he said, also denying differences with the Portuguese coach: “I never had the slightest problem with Vítor Pereira.”
earlier, the Sports Gazette found that Willian gave up his salaries and will leave the team without the need to pay a fine by neither party. The player’s departure has been on the agenda for a few weeks and is mainly for family reasons.
The club decided not to create obstacles, mainly because it is a player identified with Corinthians and because it involves family issues.
In rumors of negotiations with Fulham, from England, Willian’s departure will also open up an important space on the payroll at a time when the club will no longer receive revenue from the Libertadores dispute. The contract for shirt 10 that will be terminated is valid until the end of 2023.
In the current season, Willian played 36 matches for Timão and has a goal scored, from a penalty, against São Bernardo, for Paulistão.
He should travel to England in the next few days and, therefore, the elimination against Flamengo, last Tuesday, was his last game with the Corinthians shirt. He therefore misses the Derby against Palmeiras on Saturday and the Copa do Brasil decision on Wednesday.