Willian jokingly tells Thiago Silva he would have stayed at Chelsea

Willian jokingly tells Thiago Silva he would have stayed at Chelsea

- Willian joked he should not have let Chelsea before the arrival of Thiago Silva

- The former Paris Saint-Germain defender joined the Blues shortly after the Champions League final

- On the other hand, Willian left Chelsea to join rivals Arsenal after seven years at the Stamford Bridge

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Willian cracked a joke with international teammate Thiago Silva that he would have stayed at Chelsea if he knew he was joining the Blues, reports claim.

Silva joined Frank Lampard's side on a one-year deal shortly after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired in the summer.

On the other hand, Willian refused to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge and joined London rivals Arsenal on a three-year contract.

Willian jokingly tells Thiago Silva he would have stayed at Chelsea

Willian jokingly tells Thiago Silva he would have stayed at Chelsea. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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And Willian playfully told his fellow countryman: "If I'd known you were moving to Chelsea, I would have stayed there after all," Telegraph claim.

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Willian ended his seven-year spell with west London and moved to north London to start a new challenge in his career.

And it is understood Willian was the player who convinced Silva to play in the Premier League despite mouth-watering offers from China and the Middle East.

The Telegraph also claimed Neymar recommended Silva for Chelsea, urging English boss Lampard to sign the enterprising center-back.

The 35-year-old was also wooed by a number of Italian club cards, but a chat with Lampard made up the veteran defender's mind.

It has been rumored that the central defender will be handed Chelsea's captain's armband ahead of the new campaign.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar reportedly played a lead role in Thiago Silva's move to Premier League club Chelsea.

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Silva sealed a summer switch to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer from PSG in August to form part of an array of players Frank Lampard has added to his ranks.

It is believed the veteran defender had a number of offers including PSG who were keen to extend his stay.

However, Metro UK citing The Telegraph reports the 35-year-old was immediately attracted by the prospect of signing for the Blues.

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