Willian shares a tearful hug with his father after he tore up his £22m Arsenal contract and flew back to Brazil to complete an emotional Corinthians homecoming
- Brazilian star Willian surrendered £20m in Arsenal wages to leave the Emirates
- The former Chelsea man had fallen into the pecking order and wanted to leave
- Willian walked away from his lucrative contract to return to Brazil
- His father was there to greet him when he went to sign for local side Corinthians
Brazilian superstar Willian has sealed an emotional homecoming at his youth club Corinthians and marked the occasion with a tear-jerking moment with his father.
Willian returned to his native country this week after agreeing terms ahead of the transfer deadline day.
The 33-year-old had agreed to tear up his Arsenal contract and essentially write off £20m in wages that he would have been owed by the Gunners during the long-term deal, in order to get back to the club where it was all began .
Willian shared an emotional and tender moment with his dad after he was finally reunited for his return to boys’ club Corinthians
Arriving in his local neighborhood, Willian was reunited with his father Severino Vieira da Silva, whom he hadn’t seen in a while.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made long-haul travel between Europe and South America difficult, and the tension was evident as Willian was pulled into a huge embrace by his father, who fought back tears.
Crowds had witnessed Willian’s return, capturing the heartfelt moment on camera.
Crowd turned out to witness the homecoming and the heartwarming embrace was filmed
Willian’s father later uploaded images of himself to the social media platform Instagram, further welcoming his son’s return.
‘The time has come! welcome my son,” he wrote in a caption, with the post being viewed more than 13,000 times.
Later in the day, Corinthians uploaded a video of Willian to their official channel, which showed the winger speaking directly to the camera and telling supporters he couldn’t wait to put the famous shirt back on.
Arsenal were actively seeking to sack Willian after it became clear last season that his move from London rivals Chelsea had failed.
His Gunners’ wages – estimated to be more than £220,000 a week – had proven to be an obvious stumbling block in negotiations with interested parties.
Willian only joined Mikel Arteta last summer, but the move to London didn’t work out
He scored just once in 37 appearances last season in a disastrous campaign for the Gunners
Clearly Willian has accepted a significant weekly pay cut to seal his move to Corinthians, along with skipping the remainder of his Arsenal deal.
In a club statement, Arsenal said on Monday: “We have reached a mutual agreement with Willian to terminate his contract with effect from today.
The Brazil international joined us from Chelsea last August and played 38 games during the 2020/2021 season.
“He still had two years left on his contract, but after positive and constructive recent talks with him and his team, he is leaving for a new opportunity at Corinthians in Brazil, where he started his career.”
Willian has signed a two-year contract with Corinthians and will perform for his youth side until he is 35.