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Fulham signs ex-Arsenal and Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer after leaving Corinthians

Fulham have completed the one-year transfer of former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian.

The 34-year-old left Brazilian club Corinthians in mid-August after he and his family received online threats.

He received offers from clubs all over Europe but was keen to return to England and has spent the past few weeks training with Fulham.

Fulham confirmed the signing in a statement Thursday afternoon.

 

Fulham complete the transfer of former Chelsea and Arsenal winger Willian

The 34-year-old said he was 'happy to be back in the Premier League' after signing for Fulham

The 34-year-old said he was ‘happy to be back in the Premier League’ after signing for Fulham

“I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to be back in the Premier League,” said Willian.

“Fulham is a special club, a club that wants to improve, that wants to fight for something bigger, so I’m here to help and I can’t wait to get started.”

Willian will be Marco Silva’s eighth signing of the summer after Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira, Manor Solomon, Kevin Mbabu, Bernd Leno, Shane Duffy and Issa Diop.

 

Marco Silva was keen to add attacking reinforcements before tonight's deadline

Marco Silva was keen to add attacking reinforcements before tonight’s deadline

Willian has signed a one-year contract with Craven Cottage after leaving Corinthians in Brazil

Willian has signed a one-year contract with Craven Cottage after leaving Corinthians in Brazil

He scored 63 goals in 339 appearances in seven seasons for Chelsea and won two Premier League titles, the Europa League, the FA Cup and the League Cup.

A move from London to Arsenal in 2020 didn’t work for the 70-cap Brazil international as he scored just once in 37 appearances for the Gunners.

He then netted once in 45 games in his second stint with Corinthians, where he started his career.

Willian won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup during his seven years at Chelsea

Willian won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup during his seven years at Chelsea

But his time at Arsenal was less successful, as he scored just once in 37 appearances for the Gunners

But his time at Arsenal was less successful, as he scored just once in 37 appearances for the Gunners

Fulham were keen to add offensive reinforcements to support Aleksandar Mitrovic before tonight’s deadline.

The Cottagers continue to go after Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz, but a transfer for Roma’s Justin Kluivert has failed as the Dutchman has been denied a work permit, while Leeds looks set to beat them with the signing of Marseille striker Bamba Dieng.

Marco Silva’s side took eight points from their first five Premier League games of the season after promotion.

Source: Dailymail

 

 

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