The baby-faced Brazilian may have moved to an obscure and vastly inferior Chinese league, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he has thrown his career away in hunt for the big payday.
On 31 January 2013, Willian moved to Anzhi Makhachkala, a club which belongs to the Russian league, very much similar to the Chinese league.
There was plenty of interest from English clubs but Shakhtar’s valuation of Willian was higher than any prospective suitor was willing to offer. Anzhi Makhachkala, backed by a Russian billionaire, offered a fee thought to be in the region of €35 million.
However, his stay at the club lasted only six months. In August 2013, following restructuring at business level, Anzhi chose to transfer list their whole squad, including recent signing Willian and Willian move to Chelsea for about the same money (estimated 32 million pounds).
The moral of this story is that Willian’s career since took off. He has played consistently for Chelsea since then, winning a Premier League and League Cup. He also broke into the national team and was part of the World cup squad.
Although, the move for Willian happened because of the heavy losses suffered by the club owner, there is no certainty that the government backed Chinese league will continue to dump insane amounts of money into players wages and transfer fees. They might decide to cut their losses at one point and deem it an experiment gone wrong.
A club like PSG might as well come in with a big bid if the Chinese league shows the slightest indication of letting the player leave as well.
So, I feel pretty confident that we will see Oscar on the European stage again. Till then, Boa sorte, irmão!