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Chelsea's Willian has been allowed to return to Brazil.

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

The Blues forward is now back in his native Brazil after he was granted a leave of absence by the west London club amid the coronavirus crisis.

Chelsea winger Willian flew home before COVID-19 shutdown. [AFP/Getty]
Chelsea winger Willian flew home before COVID-19 shutdown. AFP/Getty]

Chelsea winger Willian has finally gotten his wish to head back to Brazil to be with his family during the COVID-19 chaos.

The Brazil international, who has been at Stamford Bridge for the past seven years, was allowed to return to his wife and children after the club reviewed his request to return home on compassionate grounds.

While speaking to Brazilian channel Globo SporTV last week, the Shakhtar Donetsk forward pleaded to Chelsea, saying: "At the moment, I’m alone. My wife and daughters are in Brazil.

"I had made a schedule before that. They went first, I was going to have a break and I was going too. Now, I’m checking here, if I have authorisation from the club.

"We’re deciding, they are about to come back here, but as there was a meeting and there was a definition here, they postponed the league until April 30th… With that fact, I’m trying to get permission from the club to be able to go."

The 30-year-old's future with the west London side is still uncertain as his current deal is due to run out at the end of June, but he recently stated that he would be happy to represent Chelsea even if he is not contracted to them.

The 2019-20 Premier League season is suspended until at least April 30, and football players have joined the nation in a three-week lockdown.



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