Jose Mourinho wore the confident smile of a manager who knew he had gotten his man on Friday, revealing Brazilian super-talent Willian had chosen Chelsea over Tottenham.
Mourinho attempted to dodge specific questions regarding the transfer during Friday’s press conference, but he did strongly hint that the outcome would please Chelsea fans. David Kent of the Daily Mail provides the quotes:
He's already made his decision. I don’t like to speak before time because football can betray you.
But I know what the player wants and at the moment we cannot hide that it’s a possibility.
Sam Wallace of the Independent added:
Willian will now undergo a Chelsea medical before completing a move to Stamford Bridge by the end of the week. Kent reports the deal to be worth £32 million.
Chelsea fans can also rest at ease over the future of Juan Mata, who will not be leaving the club despite Willian’s arrival, according to Mourinho.
Mata was linked to Manchester United in several Friday reports as part of the deal to bring Wayne Rooney to West London. With Willian soon to create competition in a forward line that already boasts Victor Moses, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, it was suggested Mata might be the man forced out of the club.
Mourinho set the record straight, per Kent:
He is a player we all like and want to keep. We want more quality in the team, not less. We want to add quality to what we have. Juan is not a player we want to lose.
Chelsea’s anticipated acquisition of Willian could yet have disastrous consequences for Gareth Bale, who is on the cusp of his dream move to Real Madrid.
It is reported that Tottenham will wait to complete their own deals, for the likes of Willian and Erik Lamela, before allowing Bale to leave the club, so Willian’s late change of heart could yet scupper the world-record transfer.
It remains to be seen if Willian's arrival will also put an end to Chelsea's interest in Rooney, with Mourinho dodging such a suggestion on Friday. The Portuguese had previously said he would bid for the England man after Monday's clash with United.