Chris Willock rejected Tottenham and Manchester City to leave Arsenal for Benfica last summer

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The 20-year-old England starlet considered Portugal as the perfect place to continue his career

Chris Willock decided to leave Arsenal last summer after spending the majority of his life with the Gunners.

The forward first joined the north London outfit as a five-year old, and he appeared to have a bright future after making his first-team debut as a teenager in September 2016.

Willock totalled just two appearances for Arsenal before leaving last summer

However, after making just one more appearance in 2016/17, Willock decided to leave Arsenal to further his career.

He penned a five-year contract with Benfica of Portugal, joining the increasing ranks of English youngsters moving abroad, though since his move to the continent Willock has only represented Benfica’s B team.

He has reportedly been told by Rui Vitoria, the Benfica manager, that he will not feature for the club’s first-team this season, and it appears moving to Estadio da Luz was the wrong decision for Willock.


Rated highly in both the Arsenal and England systems, Willock found himself the target of many clubs when he announced his desire to leave the Gunners last summer.

Benfica may have won the race for the 20-year-old, but A Bola now report that Tottenham and Manchester City also made offers for Willock – which the player himself rejected.

There was further interest in Willock throughout the recent transfer window, with Watford, Huddersfield and Bournemouth hoping to bring him back to the Premier League.

Willock has still not debuted for Benfica’s first-team

Willock has still not debuted for Benfica’s first-team

However, the report states the forward rejected the chance to leave Benfica as departing now would support claims he made the wrong choice in signing for the Portuguese side.

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