Willian has revealed that ‘constant threats to his family’ were behind his decision to leave Corinthians.
The 34-year-old, who spent eight years in the Premier League with Chelsea and Arsenal, took the decision to terminate his contract with the Brazilian club by mutual consent, meaning that he’s now a free agent.
Fulham are in negotiations with the player’s agent over a potential move to the newly-promoted Premier League club, a decision that could be appealing due to his family residing in London.
Since moving to Corinthians, Willian has scored just once in 45 appearances for the club, with the Brazilian giants being eliminated from two competitions in recent weeks as well.
With a new chapter awaiting him, the winger explained his decision to leave the club on Instagram, saying that it was for the benefit of him and the club.
Taking to social media, Willian said: “Saying goodbye to Corinthians today I want to thank the club for the opportunity to wear this shirt again and to the fans who largely supported me.
“Unfortunately due to the constant threats that my family and I suffered, I made the decision to terminate the contract, understanding that it would be better for me and the club.
“I wish the club all the best and may God bless everyone.”
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Speaking of his exit, the club said: “Corinthians accepted the dismissal of the athlete, the anticipation of the end of the contract.
“Willian alleged private and family problems and the desire to leave Brazil. Corinthians is sorry, but respects the player’s decision.”
Further opening up over the abuse he has received from Corinthians fans back in his homeland, the Brazilian told Globe Esporte: “I did not return to be threatened.
“When Corinthians lost a game or I didn’t play well, my family received death threats and ranting on social media.
“At first they targeted my wife and daughters, after a while my father and sister were also bombarded with messages.”
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