‘I wish I never left’ - Willian regrets departing Chelsea for Arsenal but insists he’s now ‘happy’ following Fulham move

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Fulham forward Willian has admitted that he regrets leaving Chelsea for Premier League rivals Arsenal back in 2020.
  • Willian says Chelsea exit a mistake
  • Moved on to Arsenal but struggled
  • Is now happy at Fulham

WHAT HAPPENED? The Brazilian spent seven years at Stamford Bridge, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League, before departing on a free transfer after failing to agree an extension. Willian is now enjoying life at the Blues' neighbours Fulham but admits he regrets leaving Chelsea.

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WHAT THEY SAID: "Yeah. I wish I'd never left. Of course it's easy to say now, but when I stop and think about all the situations...I say to myself 'I wish I never left'. It's life," he told Sky Sports. "I'm happy now at Fulham, enjoying myself there, this is life."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Willian joined Arsenal after leaving Chelsea but struggled to make an impact with the Gunners, departing after just one season. The 34-year-old was at a loss to explain what went wrong in north London.

"I don't know. It was in the middle of the... it was changing a lot. I was excited when I signed with them," he added. "I was training hard but it just didn't work, and that's it."

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WHAT NEXT FOR WILLIAN? The Brazilian will face former club Arsenal on Sunday with Fulham in the Premier League.