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Neymar sends Chelsea exciting message as huge Estevao Willian prediction made

Estevao Willian
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Neymar has singled out Estevao Willian for praise as the teenager sensation continues to impress.

The winger has had a week to remember after sealing a move to Chelsea last week, with reports suggesting the club could pay up to £51million. Announcing the deal, the club wrote: "The 17-year-old has already built a strong reputation in South America as one of the most exciting talents around due to his skilful dribbling and electric pace, causing defences plenty of problems in his breakout season in senior football."

Willian will link up with his new teammates next summer after turning 18. In the meantime he will continue playing for Palmeiras and gain further experience in senior football.

As he continues to make an impression following his big money move to Europe, the teenager netted Palmeiras' second goal in their 3-1 win over Juventude on Sunday. After firing into the back of the net, he pulled out Cole Palmer's iconic 'cold' celebration.

His impressive displays has not gone unnoticed by Neymar who made it clear he's excited to see Willian's career develop into bigger things. Speaking at an event at the Hollywood Paladium, the Brazil star was asked which talent of the new generation, excited him the most.

"Estevao from Palmeiras," Neymar replied. "He is a great talent that has emerged in Brazilian football. I believe he will become a genius."

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Palmeiras boss Abel Ferreira has also described Willian as a talent he had never seen before. "Speak about Estevao," he said. "I think he's different from anything that I've seen.

"He's a boy who defends, attacks so talk about that. He can be a reference for the future for us [Brazil]. All teams need this type of player because they do different things.

"I'm not the one who teaches him how to dribble or shoot, he already has that. My job is to teach him how to position himself and defend."