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Veteran Arsenal winger Willian has terminated his contract with the club and has walked away with a guaranteed £ 20million in the process.
The former Chelsea striker joined the Gunners last summer but struggled to replicate his Stamford Bridge form at the Emirates. Tea 33-year-old wrote a three-year deal with Mikel Arteta’s men after the Blues refused to give him a similar contract.
He was expected to stay in north London, despite not being part of Arteta’s plans this season.
Willian, however, has decided to rip off his contract worth around £ 10 million a season to complete a free transfer transfer to childhood club Corinthians.
Year Arsenal club statement reads: “We have entered into a mutual agreement with Willian to terminate his contract with effect from today.
“The Brazilian international came to us from Chelsea last August and played 38 games during the 2020/21 campaign.
“He had two more years to run on his contract, but after positive and constructive recent discussions with him and his team, he is leaving a new opportunity with Corinthians in Brazil, where he began his career.
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 30, 2021
“Everyone at Arsenal wishes Willian and his family all the best for the future.
“Termination of the contract is subject to termination of regulatory processes.”
Willian, who started his career at Corinthians in 2007, has scored 104 career goals in 654 games.
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Meanwhile, Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles will speak to boss Mikel Arteta about his future after the Gunners rejected a transfer bid from Everton, according to reports.
The 24-year-old full-back and midfielder has had a mixed career since breaking through in 2017. He may have made 123 outings for the club, but he has rarely felt like a crucial first-team star. In fact, he spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom and secured a deadline in January.
When he returned to north London, he openly asked for clarity over whether his future remained at Arsenal.
Since then, he has swayed more toward another exit. Yes, Everton have had the strongest transfer connections to date.
Tea Daily mirror postponements that Toffees came with an official bid Sunday night. They proposed a loan deal with the option to buy next summer.
Arsenal, however, rejected that approach. The times journalist Paul Joyce adds that Arsenal have now told Maitland-Niles that they want him to stay.
Although the English hopeful now has his heart to move to Everton in search of more playing time.
As such, he will speak to Arteta in the coming hours to determine his manager’s plan for the current season.
In a twist later on Monday, Maitland-Niles posted on Instagram: “All I want to do is go where I want and where I have to play.”
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