The player has been linked with an exit
Willian joined Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala for a reported fee of £30 million in 2013. The Winger has been one of the most constant players for them in the last three years, scoring 44 goals in 236 for the club since joining them.
The Brazilian was a crucial player for Blues in both their Premier League winning campaign, 2014/2015 and 2016/2017. He was their stand out player in the 2015/2016 campaign, when the club under performed and finished outside the top 4.
He may not dazzle as much as his more fanciful teammates like Eden Hazard and Neymar, but rare is the game where he doesn’t display obvious effort, determination, and commitment to the cause.
But the 29 year old was used sparingly last season by Antonio Conte and mostly came on as a substitute. Though the campaign was his best ever tally with 13 goals and 12 assists in 55 appearances and and was one of the standout players, as the club finished 5th in the Premier League.
The Brazil International was frustrated with the lack of regular football last term and admitted to finding life on the bench difficult. He has been heavily linked with a summer exit in recent weeks, with Manchester United and Barcelona showing interest in him.
Catalan giants made multiple bids for him but the Premier League giants rejected all of them. However their pursuit ended when they completed the signing of Malcom from Bordeaux.
He was delayed in rejoining the English side from his post World Cup vacation prompting speculation another bid from Real Madrid had come in. But it was revealed that he had some issues with his Passport.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he’s unhappy with Willian’s strange absence from the club’s pre-season and says he will speak to him this week.
“I want to speak to him before I answer these questions,” the 59 year old as quoted by Goal. “I want to speak to him. I am not happy about this situation but before I answer, I would like to speak to him.”
When asked if the matter was strange, He simply replied: “Yes.”