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Chelsea and Spurs target Willian refuses to return to Shakhtar Donetsk training

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Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur target Willian has refused to report back from Shakhtar Donetsk’s winter break.

The 24-year-old rang his boss to reveal that he would not attend the start of a training camp ahead of the Ukrainian league’s return to action.

Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu has hinted that the Brazilian may be sold after his recent insubordination.

He said: "It is not very nice to say that Willian did not return from holiday on time and thus he is exerting a certain pressure on the club. I think it was unprofessional of him.

"The president decided to do everything possible to sign a player of Willian’s level, who already has experience of playing at a high standard. We look forward to having Willian again and I would like him to come back and behave as he did before – as a professional and decent man.

"I would like him to solve his problems in a civilised manner here in Donetsk, and not by phone. I have great respect for Willian and I would not like him to be put under pressure by the people who surround him, and who perhaps advise him the wrong things.

"He should reject the advice of those who surround him – they are not doing very good things. With or without Willian, Shakhtar will move on."

Both Tottenham and Chelsea have made offers for Willian in the past and he remains a top target for Andre Villas-Boas’ Spurs side.

Shakhtar beat the Blues to the signing of Brazilian midfielder Taison from Metalist Khrakiv last week, which suggests Willian is expendable for the right price.

The attacking midfielder has just 18 months left in his contract and the Ukranian club will be looking for their valuation of around £20million to be met.

Source: London Evening Standard


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