Updated: Mar 24
Chelsea winger Willian wants to reunite with his family in Brazil.
Chelsea winger Willian is hoping the west London club grant him permission to return to Brazil so he can be with his family amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Willian may have played his last game for Frank Lampard's Blues, with his contract due to expire in June, although he recently said he would be happy to represent Chelsea even if he is not contracted to them.
But, as things stand he is more worried about the well being of his family and is desperate to return to South America.
Speaking to Brazilian channel Globo SporTV, the former Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian said: "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.
"I explained the situation, I’m trying to get authorisation. I heard that players from other clubs are going to Brazil too, maybe being close to the family at this moment."
The 31-year-old also revealed that he is finding it difficult to self-isolate, saying: "We know the more we stand still, the more we lose physical condition. I’ve been home for six days, I don’t have much structure to do the exercises I wanted to do.
"Even in my building there’s a gym, but I can’t go there to do it, I have to stay indoors. It ends up making it a little difficult, but I think it will be good, we have to think about people. If everyone does their part well, it will be over.
"It’s a difficult time for everyone. People are starting to stay indoors, a lot of things are being closed, schools will also stop. So it’s a time to be supportive of others."