Belfast Telegraph

Chelsea encouraged in Willian pursuit

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has told Chelsea that Willian is theirs for the right price.

The Brazil international has shone for the Ukrainian giants since joining from Corinthians in 2007, picking up three Premier League winners' medals and the 2009 UEFA Cup during his time at the club.

"They have to pay the price," he said at the club's training centre on the outskirts of Donetsk. "They have to pay the price because we bring the players here at 17 or 18 years old."

He added: "We pay a lot of money because they are talented players and we bring them up. I have 23 or 24 [players like that], not only Willian.

"Luiz Adriano, Douglas Costa, Alex Teixeira, Dentinho, Alan Patrick - they are very young and they are already prepared to win the championship with a good mentality.

"They have played a lot of matches in Europe and they have a very, very good value. If Chelsea pay his [asking price], I am not against letting my players play for the big clubs.

"If they pay the price, he can go. If not, he will remain here because he has another two-and-a-half years on his contract."

Lucescu is unsure whether Chelsea will make a renewed bid for Willian in the summer, but believes his departure would not have a massive negative impact on the squad.

"It is not my problem," the Romanian said of the transfer fee. "It is the problem of our club and Chelsea."

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