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Willian holds video call with Arsenal’s David Luiz as he confirms Chelsea exit

Willian held a video call with Arsenal's David Luiz on the same day he confirmed he is leaving Chelsea after seven years.

The Brazilian announced his Stamford Bridge exit in a statement, in which he also paid tribute to the Blues supporters.

Willian is expected to join Arsenal at the end of the month once his contract has officially expired at Chelsea.

Willian will put pen to paper on a deal worth £150,000 per week and link up with compatriot, and former Chelsea team-mate Luiz.

On Sunday, the duo spoke to each other via video call, with Luiz wishing Willian a happy birthday.

"Always together," read the caption: "Happy bday my bro @willianborges88."

Willian joined Chelsea in 2013 and has gone on to win two Premier League titles with the south-west London club.

His goodbye statement read: "They were seven wonderful years.

"In August 2013 when I received the offer from Chelsea, I was convinced that this was where I had to play. Today I am certain that it was the best of decisions. There were no many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intense."Yet, beyond the trophies, I learnt a lot about myself. I developed a great deal, becoming a better player and a better person. With each training session, with each game, with every minute spent in the dressing room, I was always learning.

"I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans for the affectionate way they welcomed me at Stamford Bridge and their support throughout my time at the club.

"There was also criticism, which is normal, what is important though is that both the affection and criticism drove me to always give my all in every training session, every game, to be constantly improving until my very last minute in a Chelsea shirt!

"The time has now come to move on. I am certainly going to miss my team-mates. I will miss all the staff at the club who've always treated me like a son and I will miss the fans.

"I leave with my head held high, safe in the knowledge that I won things here and always did my best in a Chelsea shirt!

"My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you and God bless you! Borges da Silva."

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