Willian: I'd have left Chelsea were Conte still manager

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2018

Conte won the Premier League in his debut season in England but was sacked just over a year later after a frustrating second campaign at Stamford Bridge.

Back in May, Willian posted a photo on his Instagram account of Chelsea's post-FA Cup final celebrations with the Italian pointedly and deliberately obscured.

However, the Brazilian seems confident he will be at the club until Sarri says otherwise.

Willian now looks set to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond August, although European clubs could swoop in with a bid in the next 18 days.

When asked if he would be at Chelsea with Conte still at the helm, he told the London Evening Standard: "No chance. No".

Making his first Premier League start since February, Luiz was rarely troubled alongside Antonio Rudiger in defence, and his confidence in possession played a key role in the Blues building their attacks from defence in the manner that Sarri is looking for.

"I disagree that he can only play as one of three central defenders", added the former Napoli coach. "I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go".

'This is what we do in Brazil and are trying to do here, playing with skill and movement and the manager told us to do that'.

"I think we have a good chance to turn the results around against them because now we have a different way to play football".

Willian has since revealed he turned down Barcelona to remain at Chelsea and, having played 76 minutes of their opening-day victory at Huddersfield, said he is still at the club because Conte has gone. I think we played very well. "He said, "[Sarri] is a manager who likes to play football, a manager who has a game philosophy similar to Manchester City.

"That's why Sarri talked about 'fun" football because he wants to build from the back.

"Now we have to continue like that because next week, we have a great game to play against Arsenal [on Saturday] and we want to win again".

"Of course, it will be a special game against Arsenal because it is a derby". It is always hard against them. "We have to prepare well during the week".

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