Willian returns to Premier League to join Fulham

Jamie Spencer
Former Arsenal & Chelsea winger Willian is back in the Premier League
Former Arsenal & Chelsea winger Willian is back in the Premier League / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Fulham have announced the arrival of former Arsenal and Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer following his recent departure from Brazilian club Corinthians.

The veteran, who has won two Premier League titles in his career, has agreed a one-year contract.

“I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to be back in the Premier League," he said. “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 cant wait to get started.”

Owner Tony Khan added: “I’m very happy that Willian has officially signed with Fulham. He’s been impressive during his recent training sessions with our squad, and we believe that adding a player of Willian’s quality and someone with his vast experience will strengthen the Club as we work to build on the strong start that we’ve had to this Premier League season!

“Come on Fulham!”

Willian, now 34, has been training with Fulham in recent weeks and suggested earlier this month it is his ‘goal’ to live in London again.

The former Brazil international famously adores the city he called home from 2013 to 2021 and actually even has British citizenship after taking test multiple times.

Willian made 339 appearances for Chelsea and a further 37 for Arsenal. He returned to first club Corinthians following his release by the Gunners last year, but things soured and he cited abuse and threats of he and his family when he left by mutual consent.

Fulham have started the season well on their return to the Premier League, with table-topping Arsenal the only team to beat the Cottagers so far. Their eight points is already more than they had 11 games into their last top flight season in 2020/21.

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