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Brazil and Chelsea star Willian believes he needs to utilize the Selecao’s trip to Australia as a stage to solidify his odds of playing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Brazil take on Argentina and Australia in a couple of friendlies at the MCG in Melbourne on Friday and Tuesday, knowing they have already secured their ticket to Russia.
The winger scored 12 goals and five assists in all competitions for Chelsea last season, yet focused on work still should be done to secure his spot in the Brazil World Cup team.
“I have a good chance to go to the World Cup but I don’t feel I’m guaranteed (to go). You have to prove every game that you can be part of the team for the World Cup,” Willian said.
“No doubt, every time I come to the national team, I do my best, I have to prove why I am here, and the game is not going to be different and if Tito wants me as a starter, I’m going to do my best.”
“Every player has a chance to be a starter, but I have to fight for my spot.”
According to London Evening Standard, Willian has confirmed that he has no interest in leaving Chelsea this summer, amid interest from Manchester United who is managed by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho was the boss at the Bridge when Willian joined Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala for £30m in 2013. Dispite starting only 15 league games this season, Willian has been very important to Chelsea’s impressive title winning season.
“I have a great relationship with all the people that work at Chelsea and the fans too. They have been great to me since I joined.
“Chelsea are back in the Champions League next season and I am looking forward to playing in it again. It is a big, big target for us and we have to look to win that trophy next year.”