Willian reveals that he has passed a British citizenship test (after two failures) and his wife and daughters do not want to leave London despite the fact that there are only six months left of his Chelsea deal
- Willian has passed a British citizenship test after he has revealed that he has failed twice
- The Brazilian has six months left for his Chelsea deal, but would like to stay in London
- He wants his daughters to grow up in the UK and feels that it is now a ‘second home’
It turned out to be Willian’s third time when he passed the British citizenship test – and the Chelsea winger said he and his family have no plans to leave London.
Willian’s future on Stamford Bridge is threatened with just six months left for his current deal in West London.
But in conversation with The Players’ Tribune, Willian reiterated his dedication to the UK, his “second home,” insisting that his family wish to stay in the English capital after the end of the season.
Willian has revealed that he is now a British citizen who has passed the citizenship test
The Brazilian said his family settled in London and would like to stay in the English capital
“If you ask my wife if she wants to leave London, she says no,” he said. ‘My daughters feel the same. Brazil is of course Brazil, right? It is our home, our culture. We always feel good when we go on vacation there and see family and friends. But London is my second home. “
Willian has lived in London since joining Chelsea in August 2013 from Anzhi Makhachkala.
He settled quickly and became a focal point in the Chelsea attack and he continued to cancel two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Europa League during his six seasons with the club.
Willian and wife Vanessa want twin daughters Valentina and Manuella to grow up in London
Willian spoke to The Players’ Tribune about citizenship and his happiness in England
But while defeating the people on the field, it was an off-field assignment that he desperately wanted to overcome.
“I recently passed a UK citizenship test. Man, it was hard. It’s British history in a nutshell: the 1500s, the 1600s, wars, battles, great leaders, things like that.
“Some questions are so difficult that even some of my British friends didn’t know the answers! I bought this Life in the UK Test handbook, which covers everything in the exam. I don’t know how many hours I have read it. I also downloaded a phone app with fake tests.
“It turned out that I failed on my first two attempts, but got on the third. I am now a British citizen! So I want to stay in London. Here I have my family, my church. I want my daughters to grow up here. When I come back to the dressing room, I want to keep seeing their messages. I want to keep hearing their love and encouragement. “
There are doubts about the future of Willian’s Chelsea with six months remaining on its current deal
The arrival of 26-year-old Hakim Ziyech this summer raises further questions about Willian’s future, with Chelsea over the years showing a reluctance to offer multi-year contracts to players over 30.
With Callum Hudson-Odoi, Pedro and Christian Pulisic already providing competition in large areas, and the club said to follow Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, the club’s attack could get a whole new look next season.
But Willian’s interview is a sign that he has settled in London and is not pushing to leave the club, even when his contract expires.