Chelsea forward announced departure from the club

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Willian has announced that his time at Chelsea has came to end amid repeated reports of a free transfer move to direct Premier League rivals Arsenal.

The Brazil international winger, who become 32 on Sunday has become a free agent after a seven-year stint at Stamford Bridge.

Willian won two Premier League trophies, an FA Cup, Europa League and the EFL Cup with the West London club.

“The time has now come to move on. I am certainly going to miss my team-mates,” he wrote in an open letter to Blues fans published on Twitter.

“I will miss all the staff at the club who’ve always treated me like a son and I will miss the fans.

“I leave with my head held high, safe in the knowledge that I won things here and always did my best in a Chelsea shirt.

“My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you and God bless you.”

Willian has missed last weekend’s FA Cup final loss due to the ankle injury to the Gunners, as well as Saturday’s Champions League departure after a 4-1 defeat against Bayern Munich.

Having turned down the Spurs to join Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala back in 2013, Brazilian forward has managed to found back of the net 63 times in 339 games.

If reports are to be believed, he could remain in London with Arsenal are thought to be the main favourites to get the deal done.