Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Willian on Monday terminated his contract and is understood to be heading back home to Corinthians.
An Arsenal club statement read: “We have reached a mutual agreement with Willian to terminate his contract effective from today.
“The Brazil international joined us from Chelsea last August and made 38 appearances during the 2020/21 campaign.
“He had two more years to run on his contract but following positive and constructive recent discussions with him and his team, he will be leaving for a new opportunity with Corinthians in Brazil, where he began his career.
“Everyone at Arsenal wishes Willian and his family well for the future.
“The contract termination is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”
By so doing, Willian has also walked away from a staggering £20 million and according to further reports, he left Chelsea because he could not get a three-year deal from the club, which Arsenal obliged and gave him in order to secure the transfer.
At 33, many expected the Brazilian to stay put and collect his hefty wages, and that would have been worth around £10million per year, for two more years.
However, he has instead agreed to terminate his contract.
By Shadrack Andenga Odinga