Willian is believed to fear for his future at Chelsea, as Antonio Conte continues to try and turn the Blues into a 5-a-side team with the revolving exit door.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk attacking-midfielder is said to feel that the Blues gaffer doesn’t trust him – totally understandable considering Willian ‘joined’ Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the same summer, before Chelsea did to Spurs, what the Lilywhites did to the Reds.
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Willian’s concerns are valid, though, because why an earth would the former Juventus manager trust such an ineffective attacking-midfielder?
With Eden Hazard injured, Alvaro Morata lacking match fitness and Michy Batshuayi being too much like Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea need the likes of Willian and Pedro carrying some of the goalscoring burden.
Sure, people can point to the fact that the former Anzhi Makhachkala had his best goal return in the Premier League, last season, with eight. However, creative, attacking-midfielders should be registering double figures for goals and assists – Willian has managed just 13 assists in the top flight of English football since the 2013/14 season.
Willian is sooooo a rubbish player. Always stopping as if he doesn't know what to do with the ball??♂️
— Mustapha Saheed (@emporio_spyce) August 12, 2017
Willian’s concerns also come from the fact that he is part of a group of Chelsea players who feel that Antonio Conte’s text message-based exile of Diego Costa is harsh – quite amusing that there’s a group of outraged and confused Chelsea players over their top goalscorer from last season’s exile, but not one of them is Diego Costa; the Spanish international is loving every single minute of this chaos he has created.
Overall, though, Conte’s issues with Willian probably have something to do with these quotes…
“There were a few conversations with my agent. I worked with Mourinho and I became his friend as well.
“He likes me a lot and I like him a lot as a coach and as a person. He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him.
“Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I’m very happy at Chelsea.”
Willian speaking to Goal