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It was time for a change, says Willian

Anzhi Makhachkala winger Willian says it was ‘time for a change’, after completing a move from Shakhtar Donetsk in January.

The Brazil international moved to Russia for a reported 35 million pounds and signed a contract until 2017 with Guus Hiddink’s side, and although many believes the switch was financially motivated, he insists that was not the case.

“I’ve earned quite a lot of money in Donetsk,” the 24-year-old told Sport Express.

“With Shakhtar I also won a set of titles not only in Ukraine but in Europe also. I felt comfortable there. But the time for change has come.”

The former Corinthians winger also revealed that conversations with the club’s owners over their long-term ambitions helped to sway his decision.

“My conversation with Anzhi owner Suleiman Kerimov decided everything,” Willian said.

“After that I decided to join Anzhi. The club management are not only thinking about short-term gains, they really want to create a serious football infrastructure in Dagestan, to lift the game in the republic to a higher level.”

Willian appeared 140 times for his former club Shakhtar, scoring 20 goals.

Mon 4 February, 2013
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