Arsenal Star Stuns Club Directors By Agreeing To Tear Up His £240,000-A-Week Contract
Willian joined Arsenal from Chelsea on a free transfer, signing a lucrative three-year contract.
He has two years left on his £240,000-a-week deal, but instead of staying at the Emirates or asking for a pay-off, he will tear up his contract, according to Sky Sports.
The Brazilian will sign for Corinthians in the next 48 hours in a gesture that has amazed the Arsenal board.
The Gunners will save £20 million as a result of the 33-year-old's decision to gracefully leave the club.
What's more, he's taking a 70 per cent pay cut to return to his boyhood club.
The report also states that the ex-Chelsea star wants to leave the Premier League with his 'head held high'.
Incredible gesture by Willian. He is tearing up his Arsenal contract. Saving Arsenal £20m. He has two years left on £240,000 a week deal but instead of just sitting back and taking the money or asking for a pay off off, he is walking away to sign for Corinthians on 70% less wages- Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 28, 2021
Willian has not featured for Mikel Arteta's side this season, with Arsenal losing their opening three league games.
They were condemned to their third league defeat at Manchester City, who ran out 5-0 winners on Saturday.
Speaking after their latest league loss, Arteta said: "I am really disappointed with the things that happened on the pitch.
"I am more critical of myself and take the blame every single time we had defeats.
"I question myself and I have to look at every decision I make and change it if we think we should have done something different.
"It is time to reflect and look in the mirror, each of us, and try to change the dynamic straight away because we need to pick up results.
"A lot has happened in the last three weeks and we are in a difficult position."