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Willian hopes Chelsea move will deliver his World Cup ambitions

Luca Persico

Willian hopes playing for Chelsea will aid his chances of an international call up, but is aware of the competition for places at the London club.

The attacking midfielder signed from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala for a fee believed to be in the region of €35 million.

With a number of attacking players already at coach José Mourinho’s disposal, the arrival of Willian was considered a surprise. 

While able to play in a variety of different positions, the 25 year-old understands he’s not guaranteed a starting berth.

"I know that I haven't secured my spot here. I'll do my best to achieve that place, while respecting the other players. I'll train, play and do my best to get the trust of the manager and of the fans," he told Globo Esporte.

Willian believes playing in the Premier League will give him greater exposure and help force his way into Seleção coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s plans, ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

"There is no doubt English football is very big, with huge visibility. I hope that helps me to be called up for the national team - but of course that depends on me,” he added.

"I'll have to play and prove I deserve that spot. I first have to become a regular starter [with Chelsea], then play well and be called up [by Brazil]. This is my goal."

With the likes of David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires already at the club, Willian expects to settle in quickly.

"The Brazilians called me, especially David Luiz, who told me to come quickly. I was very happy to have them around and they will certainly help me a lot.

"I wanted to play at Chelsea, even more so now with Jose Mourinho, who is the best at what he does.”

Willian could make his Chelsea debut on Saturday, when the Blues travel to face Everton, at Goodison Park.

 
 
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