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Lucescu holds firm on Willian

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu insists that the Ukrainian champions have no intention of selling rising star Willian.

The playmaker almost moved to White Hart Lane in the summer and has attracted Chelsea after two highly impressive performances against them in the Champions League.

The Brazil international has also been linked with a move to Inter in the Serie A, but Lucescu has made it clear that they are keen to hold on to the 24-year-old and will not part with him for anything less than his 35-million-euro buy-out clause.

“If (Inter president Massimo) Moratti asks me about Willian, I will tell him that Shakhtar want to achieve things in Europe and will not sell their players. There’s the buy-out clause, though, which is 35 million euros for Willian,” Lucescu told Tuttosport.

“Chelsea paid 31 million euros for Oscar this summer. The difference between Willian and Oscar is that Willian is much more mature, and has already plenty of Champions League experience and has played in a strong European league for years.

“The Blues wanted to sign Willian this summer for 20 million euros, but we turned them down. They went for Hazard for over 30 million euros instead. Fact remains that we do not want to sell him.”

Willian, 24, has a contract with Shakhtar until June 2014.

Wed 14 November, 2012
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