Premier League giants Chelsea forward Willian has revealed that Spanish champions, Barcelona launched a bid to secure his services after the World Cup in Russia last summer.
The Catalan giants are believed to have produced a series of bids to secure the services of the Brazil international last year, with some reports claiming that £55m had been tabled for his services.
Willian, who has moved to Stamford Bridge back in 2013, will be able to depart from Stamford Bridge for free next summer should he run down his existing deal at the club.
Speaking in an interview with DAZN, Willian said: “The only real official offer I had came from Barcelona, last year, after the World Cup.
“Barcelona indeed presented an offer to Chelsea but it was rejected. That was the only actual time I had to discuss something like this with my family, although we really love it here [London]. So there were several factors that helped us in staying.”
It is reported by the Daily Mail that the offer was believed to be around £50m however, Chelsea and player himself decided to snub interest from the Catalan club.
Willian, who also attracted interest from Serie A defender champions, Juventus last year, has played a vital role under Frank Lampard this campaign, making 14 appearances in all competitions.