Willian walked away from £ 20.5million and terminated his contract with Arsenal ahead of his move to the Corinthians’ Brazilian side.
Willian still had two years on his £ 240,000-a-week contract with Arsenal, but instead of staying in the Emirates or asking for a refund he decided to break his contract.
Not only is the 33-year-old saving £ 20.5million at Arsenal but he is also expected to take a 70% pay cut to return to his former club.
Arsenal managers would be surprised by Willian’s gesture.
Willian has been an exemplary professional since joining the Premier League eight years ago and he wants to leave English football with his head held high.
The Brazilian accepts that his transfer to Arsenal from Chelsea last summer didn’t work out and he wishes the whole club the best for the future.
Speaking last week, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirmed that Willian has had discussions about a transfer to the Corinthians.
“We are having conversations with him and the agent, and we are assessing the position we are in right now,” Arteta said ahead of Saturday’s 5-0 loss to Premier League champions Manchester City.
“I do not know [why it hasn’t worked out for him here].
“Right now he’s an Arsenal player, and we’re trying to get the best of him while he’s here. Anything that’s different is just things that can happen.”
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