WILLIAN jokingly told Thiago Silva he would have stayed at Chelsea had he known the defender was joining Frank Lampard's side, according to reports.
The Brazilian veteran, 35, quit Paris Saint-Germain for the Premier League this summer on a one-year deal with the option of an extra season.
His transfer came after international compatriot Willian quit Chelsea for London rivals Arsenal.
Silva had a wealth of options this summer including contracts from former club AC Milan and Fiorentina.
But a call to Willian helped convinced Silva that the latest challenge of his illustrious career belonged in the Premier League.
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According to the Telegraph, Willian had jokingly responded: "If I'd known you were moving to Chelsea, I would have stayed there after all."
Neymar also proved a crucial role in his decision after the two held private talks this summer.
The pair shared a close relationship at PSG, and are also counter-parts in the Brazilian national team.
Neymar reportedly told Silva that it was a challenge he would regret not taking had he turned down a move.
He spent eight seasons at PSG but was "immediately attracted" by the prospect of joining the Blues.
PSG tried in vain to keep their captain but his mind had already been made up.
He accepted a wage-cut to join Chelsea, and will be paid £114,000 a week during his time at the Bridge.
This will make him the third-highest paid defender at the club, along-side Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Antonio Rudiger, according to SPORTEKZ.
After completing his move to Chelsea, Silva said: "I am so happy to be joining Chelsea.
"I am delighted to be a part of Frank Lampard’s exciting squad for next season and I’m here to challenge for honours.
"See you soon Chelsea fans, I look forward to playing at Stamford Bridge very soon."
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