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There will once again be a new No.10 at Chelsea next season following confirmation that Willian has left Stamford Bridge.

With the Brazilian taking over the famous number from Eden Hazard 12 months ago as he departed for Real Madrid, the 32-year-old has now brought the curtain down on his seven years in west London.

As Chelsea were not willing to offer him the three-year contract he was after, the experienced star now looks on course to switch to rivals Arsenal.

Penning an open letter to the club’s supporters on Sunday, Willian said farewell to fans after such a memorable time at the club following his switch from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.

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“They were seven wonderful years. In August 2013 when I received the offer from Chelsea, I was convinced that this was where I had to play,” he wrote.

“Today I am certain that it was the best of decisions. There were so many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intense.

“Yet, beyond the trophies, I learnt a lot about myself. I developed a great deal, becoming a better player and a better person. With each training session, with each game, with every minute spent in the dressing room, I was always learning.

“I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans for the affectionate way they welcomed me at Stamford Bridge and their support throughout my time at the club. There was also criticism, which is normal, what is important though is that both the affection and criticism drove me to always give my all in every training session, every game, to be constantly improving until my very last minute in a Chelsea shirt!

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