Fulham winger agrees shock move to Saudi club two weeks after signing new contract

Willian has reportedly agreed to to join Al-Shabab despite signing Fulham extension just two weeks earlier.

According to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, Willian has already agreed personal terms with Saudi Pro League outfit Al Shabab, with a contract ready for the winger to sign.

The 34-year-old has already communicated his intentions to leave Craven Cottage with manager Silva, who is reportedly disappointed by the Brazilian decision to leave just after re-signing for the club last month.

Willian reportedly earns a meagre sum of around £40,000 per-week at the London club and is not the only Fulham player angling for a move to Saudi Arabia, with 28-year-old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic desperate to force through a move to Al Hilal too.

As revealed by the source, Fulham will ‘resist any offer’ for Willian this summer, after he communicated his wish to leave to the Saudi club just weeks after penning a new deal with the Cottagers.

The Brazilian already performed two U-turns this summer, having left Fulham at the end of his contract in favour of a move to Nottingham Forest, only to renege on that plan to pen a new deal at Craven Cottage.

Then, another U-turn threatened to become three, as he asked the club to accept an offer from Saudi club Al-Shabab after agreeing personal terms.

But, after featuring against Hoffenheim in the club’s final friendly of the pre-season, Silva suggested he could stay put for the new Premier League season in a huge boost for his team.

Asked about Willian after the match, Silva said he has ‘no worries at all’ about the future of the Brazilian. 

“Willian is a happy player on the pitch,” said the manager.

“He’s there to play when the ball [rolls]. I want to see him happy again.”

“In my opinion, he is a top, top player, even if he’s 35 soon. Of course, some clubs look at him. He’s our player. I don’t have anything more to [say on that].”

Silva added that he could not 100 per cent guarantee that any of his players will stay while the transfer window is still open, but did insist Fulham are looking to strengthen – ‘not the opposite’.

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