Star admits he was called ‘crazy’ for walking away from £20m Arsenal deal

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Willian says he was labeled ‘crazy’ after deciding to end his mega-money contract at Premier League side Arsenal before he returns to Brazil in the summer of 2021, speaking to the Athletic.

Why it didn’t work out for the Brazil international at the Emirates stadium remains a mystery. OK, Willian was on the wrong side of 30 when he joined Arsenal on a free transfer two years ago.

But this is a player who scored nine goals and seven assists in the Premier League in his last season at Chelsea. Willian, when he arrived at the Emirates, was a top-class manager capable of producing extraordinary moments in matches at the highest level.

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Few expected things to go badly for him on the road in North London, however, the reaction to Willian’s early departure after just 12 months in Arsenal colors was met with the groans of many Gunners fans.

Willian is now at Fulham after spells at Chelsea and Arsenal

“Many people told me; ‘Are you crazy?! You have to stay. You can’t lose this money’,” explained Willian.

The Brazil international left £20 million when the final two years of his lucrative Arsenal contract were terminated.

“A lot of things have been said to me, even people from Brazil,” Willian said. “They said; ‘Don’t come, don’t come, stay! You’re crazy!’.

“But there was something I wanted to try, to play for Corinthians, the club where I grew up playing. That’s why I left. I was happy with my choice.

Unfortunately for Willian, his story at Corinthian seems like Arsenal’s performance was a success without comparison. For the second time in a row, the 34-year-old ended up terminating his contract before the end of the day, returning to West London on a free transfer.

Willian impressed in his first Fulham start in the 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest last weekend.

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