ARSENAL flop Willian jokingly told Thiago Silva he would have stayed at Chelsea had he known the defender was joining, according to reports.
The Brazilian veteran, 37, quit Paris Saint-Germain for the Premier League, with the centre-back helping the Blues win the Champions League last year.
His transfer came after international compatriot Willian quit Chelsea for London rivals Arsenal.
Silva had a wealth of options, with former employers AC Milan keen to secure his services, as well as Serie A side Fiorentina.
But a call to Willian helped convinced Silva that the latest challenge of his illustrious career belonged in England's top-flight.
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.
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.
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