With Brazil in the quarter-finals of the World Cup and set to face Belgium on Friday, Willian has bigger concerns at the moment and doesn’t appear to want to detract from his team’s focus in Russia.
Speaking in a press conference, the 29-year-old said about the Barcelona rumours: “We ended up hearing some speculation and some things that appear on the internet, but this is not the moment to talk about this. Also I haven’t received any information that this would be true.”
See what he also had to say about Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho in the video below.
The forward made his debut in 2016 under Louis van Gaal and went on to make his England bow later that year.
He has gone from strength to strength and although he is highly rated by Jose Mourinho, the 20-year-old, who made 26 starts in 56 appearances last term, admits there is still plenty to learn.
“Every player will tell you it’s always frustrating when you don’t start,” he was quoted as saying on ESPN.
“You have to look at the positives – you get two extra days’ training. It’s not stopped me developing. If it had stopped me developing then it’s more of a problem.
“He [Mourinho] has 20-25 players. Everyone has different attributes and suits different styles so finding the right balance is a tough job for a manager.
“He got it right most of the time last season but we need a bit extra to push for the title.”
Rashford, who scored 13 goals and provided nine assists last season, added: “You’ve got to be patient. You have to have an open mind because there are a lot of top players that all bring different qualities to the game.
“And at the level we’re playing at here, being in an England camp or whether it is at the club, you have to really understand that.”
The World Cup is picking up pace with the round of 16 games well underway and we’ve already seen plenty of surprises with Portugal and Argentina being sent packing in the knockout stages, not to mention holders Germany being dumped out of the group stage.
The VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system has been helping officials dish out a record number of penalties in the tournament, and Japan became the first nation to qualify for the next stage of the competition via the FIFA fair play rule.
The competition has been a huge success for venues in Dubai with various fan zones being packed with football fans across the emirate. As the tournament heats up, you can cool down watching the action in the infinity pool at the Hilton Doubletree JBR.
The football village not only has a giant screen by the pool it also has sun loungers, drinks stations and football-themed entertainment to enjoy when before the games kick off. There are fussball tables, table tennis, giant footballs and a World Cup score predictor where you can win a prize for correctly guessing the results.
This is one of the livelier fan zones in Dubai, speakers blast music before, during and after the game, to keep the party vibe going long after the final whistle. Be warned if you’re watching the game in the pool, water flies everywhere when there’s a goal scored, which is great if you’re in a party mood but not so good if you’re looking to relax in the pool during the action. There are also floodlit football pitches for those who can’t get enough of the Beautiful Game and fancy a kick around.
Special food and beverage deals await you with food from the countries in action on offer as well as burgers, nachos, flatbreads and more. Don’t worry about the heat and remain completely cool in the air-cooled garden, or step into the indoor option. Wondering where to go after the games? Don’t go far as the venue brings you some of the best DJs every night for post-match parties until 1am.
What: Football Village @ DoubleTree JBR
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR
When: Until 15th July
Contact: 055 166 8092 or [email protected]