Jose Mourinho expects Willian to join Chelsea as they battle it out with Tottenham Hotspur for the Anzhi Makhachkala playmaker. Spurs appeared poised to sign the Brazilian after he completed a medical, but the Blues now appear to be in pole position for the deal.
"I think he's already made his decision," Mourinho said about the 25-year-old. The self-styled 'Special One' nodded in the affirmative when asked if that was Chelsea.
He added: "I don't like to speak before time because football can be crazy. I know what the player wants, so in this moment we cannot hide. That is a possibility."
Willian is still to undergo a medical at Stamford Bridge, but if he signs it strikes a blow for Mourinho over his former staff member Andre Villas-Boas, once of Chelsea and now Tottenham manager. It could also hinder the prospective sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Mourinho's former club.
Willian has picked up two caps for Brazil and won four Ukrainian championshps as well as three domestic cups during a six-year spell with Shakhtar Donetsk after coming up through the Corinthians youth ranks.
Chelsea poised for third Rooney bid
Mourinho had insisted Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney was his sole target, but revealed he had alternative options too.
Willian is "an extra target", said Mourinho, who plans a third bid for Rooney following Monday's Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
"I couldn't say much in previous press conferences," the Portuguese said. "I have to answer your questions and try to be honest, but at the same time try to hide a few things."