Willian has extended his stay with Fulham following a successful season
Willian, the Brazilian winger, has signed a new one-year contract with Fulham, with an option for the club to extend it by a further year. The decision comes despite interest from fellow Premier League side Nottingham Forest.
Last week, Willian visited Nottingham Forest’s training ground, contemplating a potential move to the City Ground club. However, after exploring the facilities and meeting the staff, he ultimately felt that remaining in London was the best option for him. Having previously played for Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as Fulham last season, the allure of continuing his football journey in the English capital was a key factor in his decision.
Speaking about the contract extension, Willian expressed his happiness and excitement to continue his adventure with Fulham. He believes that the club can achieve even greater things in the upcoming season, and he is eager to contribute to their success.
The negotiation process between Willian and Fulham involved several offers. Initially, the club proposed terms similar to his previous deal, offering a salary in excess of £50,000 per week. However, Fulham improved on that offer, nearly doubling the amount, to secure the winger’s services for another season.
Willian joined Fulham last summer from Brazilian side Corinthians. During the 2022-23 campaign, the 34-year-old made 30 appearances for the club, scoring five goals and providing six assists. His impressive performances last season made him one of the standout players, and Fulham boss Marco Silva was keen to retain him for the new campaign.
Fulham has seen other wingers, Manor Solomon and Neeskens Kebano, depart to Tottenham Hotspur and Al Jazira, respectively. As such, the return of Willian is a significant boost to the team’s attacking options.