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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Aug, 16, 2013

Willian hopeful of Liverpool deal

Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Willian has told ESPN Brasil he would welcome a move to a "great club" like Liverpool and is expecting a number of offers in the coming days.

Willian arrived in Russia in January after six successful years at Shakhtar Donetsk
Liverpool currently lead the race to sign Willian, according to reports.

Liverpool are favourites to sign the 25-year-old, although Tottenham and Manchester United are reportedly also keen to make an offer.

Despite Willian only signing for Anzhi from Shakhtar Donetsk in January, it is believed the Russian club are eager to cut costs and the playmaker has revealed talks with a number of clubs are likely to enter an advanced stage this week.

"For now, all there is are talks," he told ESPN Brasil. "There was the Manchester City bid and that was turned down and that was a while ago.

"Now I'm waiting for a new bid to arrive in the next days from a few clubs, like Liverpool. If it's really Liverpool, then it is surely a great club. I'm hopeful and very calm, just waiting for the best.

"I know some clubs have talked with my agent about the money, but he hasn't told me anything. He only said that he had conversations with some clubs, and he also didn't tell me which clubs."

But when asked if the clubs involved were English, Willian added: "I think so. England is my goal. The English championship is the dream of many players and I'm no different.

"I like the Premier League very much, I enjoy the English football and certainly, if that happens, it will be very good for me and for my image."

Willian admits he was shocked by Anzhi owner Suleiman Kerimov's decision to radically reduce the club's spending, which could boost Liverpool's chances of signing the Brazilian.

"I saw the news on the internet, and then when I got to the club I heard lots of people talking about it," he said. "No one was expecting it, that's for sure. I respect everyone's opinion, though. He probably has his reasons to decide that.

"I'd rather stay cool, working and never let my head down, even in a situation like this. All I know is that [Kerimov] told us that Anzhi wouldn't be making further investments, that in six months they will be returning to Makachkala, that they'll be going home, that more Russian players will arrive and that if the foreign players who had offers would be free to go, that he would help us.

"He doesn't want to let anyone go for free but he made it clear that if good bids arrive - something at least close to what he paid for the players - he would certainly help us go. [He is] not giving anyone away. [But] if a good offer arrives, they'll let us go. If not, we stay. That's it."

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