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Willian and Pedro announce Chelsea departure

Willian has officially announced his departure from Chelsea after seven years at the Club.

The Brazilian joined the blues in 2013 from Russian side Anzhi Makachkala and went on to become a cult-hero at the Club.

Chelsea were willing to extend the contract of the 32-year-old at the end of the season after his impressive performance, a move which was turned down by the attacker.

Willian made his exit from the Club public with a farewell message.

“The time has come to move on. I am certainly going to miss my teammates,” he wrote.

“I will miss all the staff at the club who’ve always treated me like a son and I will miss the fans.

“I leave with my head held high, safe in the knowledge that I won things here and always did my best in a Chelsea shirt!”

Despite not confirming his next destination, reports say the player has agreed a deal with Premier League side Arsenal.

The former Premier League Champions have also lost Pedro after the player also confirmed his exit.

Pedro ended his five-year stay in London with an emotional farewell on social media.

“After five wonderful years my stage at Chelsea FC comes to an end. Thanks a lot to the club’s board, to the coaches and teammates I’ve had, and of course to the fans: thank you for the experience of being a member of your big family,” he posted on his twitter handle.

“I’ve been very happy here, you’ve made me feel like home.

“It’s been a pleasure and honour to play for this club and win the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League titles, as well as competing in one of the world’s best football leagues.

“I made the right choice, I take with me wonderful and unforgettable memories.

“I say farewell very pleased with this stage of my career, and I’m also very excited with the next to begin. Thanks and good luck for the future.

“Come on Blues!!!”

In total, the 33-year-old racked up 206 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring 43 goals and registering 28 assists.


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