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Willian talks about family love and connection with the Chelsea fans

The latest edition of the official Chelsea magazine is now on sale and features exclusive interviews with Willian, who reflects on his rise to the top and a song that always makes him smile, and Ruud Gullit, who remembers loving every minute of his playing days in west London.  

Willian is the cover star and nearly six years on since he joined the club, he discusses the influence of his family in his life and journey from Brazil to Stamford Bridge. 

'They feel very good about what I have achieved,' Willian tells Chelsea. 'It’s a dream come true for them as well.

'It is very special for my family when they come to London and see me here – for my dad, especially, because my mum is not here anymore. When I was young, he and my mum always used to help me, taking me to training every single day. It was school, then to training, and then come back home. So it was hard, but at the end of the day, it was a big blessing from God.

Willian's close relationship with his family is supplemented by the 'amazing feeling' he gets when he is stopped by Chelsea supporters around town or sees them celebrating victories in pubs after games when he drives home. His love affair with the Blues fans stems from the moment he joined the club and they had already thought up a song for him telling the story of his near-miss with Tottenham. 

'It made me laugh! It's a funny song. It's about the history, although it did not happen exactly like that! But the affection was good.

'I was very surprised when the fans made this song especially for me. It made me feel that they like me. But I also remember thinking I now had more pressure on me to do well on the pitch because I had just arrived and they already started to sing my name.

'So the pressure was there, but in a good way, and since my first game here I have always tried to do my best for this club, for the fans and for my team-mates as well.'

Willian remembers being shy at first when he walked into a dressing room full of established stars like Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole. Now with plenty of experience of life at Chelsea and in London under his belt, he feels it is part of his job to welcome fresh faces to the club. 

'Now I’ve been here six years, so I try to help the new players that arrive here, like Emerson, or Jorginho. But I’m still the same guy that arrived here almost six years ago.

'Of course, I’ve got more experience, but I’m still humble, I still want to play for this club with the same intensity as when I came here in 2013, and I still love the people here.'
 

Ruud awakening 

Ruud Gullit shocked the football world when he swapped Serie A for Chelsea in the summer of 1995. It was a watershed moment in our history, serving notice of our intention to ditch decades of mediocrity and try to reach for the stars. In this enlightening and exclusive interview, Gullit reveals the significant changes he experienced on and off the pitch when he moved to Stamford Bridge, and explains why he loved the freedom he felt when he was playing but also walking around London, the city he considers the best in the world. 

 

He's Saux special 

Graeme Le Saux is the latest Chelsea great to have his career profiled in photograph form in Start to Finish. Le Saux had two spells at Stamford Bridge, winning three trophies during the second one and helping us qualify for the Champions League twice, as well as appearing regularly for England. 

Goalscoring midfielders celebrated

Ten of our former central midfielders who had the happy knack of finding the back of the net are profiled and there are no prizes for guessing who is top of the list. Among the other Chelsea greats featured are John Hollins, Ray Wilkins and Dennis Wise. 

What else? 

Chelsea's links with the golfing world go back many decades and in Picture This there are some wonderful photos from that link the Blues with the back nine. Elsewhere the Academy and Women's Q & As are with Ian Maatsen and Drew Spence respectively, while Chelsea takes a close look at the link-up Ashley Cole and Florent Malouda enjoyed down our left-hand side in the late 2000s and early 2010s. 

The magazine is available to buy for £3.95 in the Chelsea Megastore at Stamford Bridge and all good newsagents. It can also be ordered online. 

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