Ex-Arsenal and Chelsea star Willian terminates his contract with Corinthians

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Brazilian forward Willian has agreed to terminate his contract with Corinthians following their Copa Libertadores exit.

Corinthians lost 3-0 on aggregate to Flamengo in the quarter-finals of the tournament on Wednesday, with the former Arsenal and Chelsea winger ending his stay at the club soon after.

The 34-year-old left the Gunners for his native Brazil last summer on a free transfer just one season into his three-year deal at the Emirates and had initially agreed a two-year deal at the Brazilian side before Wednesday’s premature cancellation.

The 34-year-old’s time with his boyhood club came to an unceremonious end after Corinthians were dumped out by Flamengo, and his departure comes just three days before a crucial derby against Palmeiras in the league.

The announcement, confirmed by Brazilian publication Meu Timao, comes as a result of the player’s family wanting to return to Europe, where they lived for 14 years.

However Meu Timao also reports that the decision may have already come prior to the game, suggesting that the player had already bid farewell to his team-mates before kick-off.

The Brazilian outlet also claimed that club president Duilio Monteiro Alves admitted a meeting between Corinthians and Willian had been scheduled for Wednesday.

Willian will now forego the wages he expected to earn by the end of 2023, and will likely seek a move to a European club to both continue his career and satisfy the request of his family.

The winger had previously attracted interest from several sides, including newly-promoted Fulham. It has been reported that Marco Silva’s side are already negotiating the terms of a proposed transfer.

The Brazilian enjoyed an excellent stint at Chelsea, as he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League during his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian would add some much-needed Premier League experience to the Cottagers as they bid to avoid a relegation battle this season, and began their campaign with an impressive 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool.

Corinthians have already made the headlines this summer after offering wantaway Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo an unlikely route away from Old Trafford, after Alvez admitted he was ‘keeping an eye’ on the Portuguese legend.

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