13th August, 2018
Chelsea would surely have lost the services of Willian if the former Manager Conte had remained at the club. That much the player said in an interview recently. He actually said “there is no chance I would have stayed on at Chelsea if Antonio Conte had remained as the club’s head coach.”
He went on to say:
“Would I be here if Conte stayed? No chance. No,” Willian told reporters.
“I’m here. I’m here because I want to play for Chelsea. I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go.”
The Brazil international then confirmed he would have sought a transfer from Chelsea had Conte not been dismissed by the club.
This statement seems to have put to rest at least for now the fears that Willian is still thinking of leaving Chelsea since Conte was replaced at the club by a new Manager in the person of Maurizio Sarri.
While the intended transfer saga lasted, F.C. Barcelona reportedly had a series of bids turned down for Willian, who made no secret of the breakdown in his relationship with the then Manager, Conte.
The player could also have moved on to Manchester United as he confirmed that he would be interested in working with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho again.
The new Manager was in charge as Chelsea thumped Huddersfield Town 3-0 in their Premier League opener on Saturday.
In that game, Willian was involved as part of a three-pronged forward line which also included Alvaro Morata and Pedro with Chelsea winning their first game of the new season with goals from N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro.
Luckily for Chelsea and the new Manager, his preferred style of football seems to suit Willian better than what the former Manager propagated during his time.
The player had the following to say about the new Manager’s style:
“We have a lot of players with quality up front, players like Eden Hazard and Pedro. Players like that want to play football,” Willian added.
“That’s why Sarri talked about ‘fun’ football because he wants to build from the back. This is what we will try to do this season.
“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.