Brazil forward, Willian, has disclosed that he decided to end his contract with Corinthians after receiving death threats.
The 34-year-old returned to his local club last summer after leaving Arsenal.
However, his time at the club has not been smooth sailing and his contract was terminated on Friday.
Willian is now set to return to the Premier League to sign for Fulham.
“I did not come to Brazil to get threatened.
“Whenever Corinthians lost and if sometimes I was not doing well in the game, my family received threats, and curses on social media.
“My wife, my daughters, after a while (they) also started attacking my father, and my sister,” Willian told reporters for the Globo Esporte.willian said
Willian has been attacked by some of the fans over poor performance in the field, as Corinthians was eliminated from two important competitions in recent weeks, despite the team being second place in the Brazilian league.
“Corinthians accepted the dismissal of the athlete, the anticipation of the end of the contract. Willian alleged private and family problems and the desire to leave Brazil. Corinthians is sorry, but respects the player’s decision,” Corinthians said in statement.