Register Login Live

International

Anzhi Splurge On Willian

Brazilian midfielder Willian did get his sought after exit from Shakhtar Donetsk on transfer deadline day, but not to the English Premier League.

Willian had been linked to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in every transfer window since Andre Villas-Boas arrived in Blighty. But no bid ever emerged for his services from England.

Instead, the 24-year-old will be making a slightly eastward move to ambitious Russian club, Anzhi Makhachkala.

Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu has confirmed that Willian will be leaving, after Anzhi triggered the release clause in his contract, as the transfer window creaked shut.

Reports suggest that Anzhi coughed up £35 million for Willian, in the most expensive deal of an otherwise sedate January transfer period.

Lucescu says he and Shakhtar did not want Willian to go, but ultimately they could not turn down Anzhi’s cash, nor resist Willian’s advisors who were after their own piece of the pie.

"There is a club willing to pay the release clause in his contract and Willian agreed to move. There is nothing I can do," Lucescu said.

"To tell you frankly, I tried to convince him to stay because I think his decision is hasty and not thought out well enough. He is like a son to me.

"He came to Shakhtar almost as a child and leaves us as a 24-year-old man. I told him he would have achieved more with us when we said goodbye. Why did he not listen to me? I guess he was under huge pressure from his agent and his relatives that wanted to get everything at once."

Willian is likely to become a Russian champion almost by default, when he joins up with title favourites Anzhi.

There he will play alongside the likes of Samuel Eto’o and under Guus Hiddink, probably in the Uefa Champions League next season.

8 comments

Top 5

Pirates Linked With Top Signings – How Could They Line Up…

40 Jul 02, 2020 07:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Mido, Chiefs & Downs – Why A League Medal Is Unlikely  

93 Jul 03, 2020 11:07 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

22 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Ex-Chiefs Striker's Club Speaks Out

13 Jul 03, 2020 10:03 AM in PSL

Shaba Vs Yeye: Who Had The Hottest Cars Through The Years?

6 Jul 04, 2020 10:42 AM in Stars & Their Cars

Lorch Vs Billiat: Who Had The Hottest Million Rand Car Upgrade?

7 Jul 02, 2020 03:54 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Pirates Linked With Top Signings – How Could They Line Up…

40 Jul 02, 2020 07:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

Shock Messi Transfer Update

31 Jul 03, 2020 07:38 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Official: Downs Announce Maluleka!

150 Jul 01, 2020 01:43 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Footballers Who Lied About Their Age

52 May 10, 2020 07:16 PM in International

Leopards Make Kapinga Decision Amid Downs Talk

26 Jul 02, 2020 02:19 PM in PSL

The Highest-Paid Footballers In The World Today

11 Mar 29, 2020 07:16 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch