Barcelona transfer target Willian provides update on his Chelsea future

13 January, 2019, 19:33 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Sarri calls January exit for Willian 'impossible' amid Barcelona links

Willian has since starred for the Blues against Newcastle United where he scored a sublime curling goal which proved to be the victor and speaking after the game, Sarri reiterated the importance of the winger.

Willian, who netted Saturday's victor, has been linked to a big-money move to Barcelona and midfielder Cesc Fabregas may also be on his way out of Stamford Bridge.

Sarri was also quizzed on the future of Willian, who has been linked with a January move to Barcelona.

The former Napoli manager responded similarly to talk Willian potential exit in an interview with Sky Sports, claiming: "You know very well that Willian is a very important player. I need a player there so it depends on the club's decision, I can't do anything more".

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, the coach said it would be "impossible" to lose Willian, and the club are keen to ensure he is as well-equipped as possible for what is set to be a close battle for a top-four spot.

However, they were pegged back on 40 minutes as Newcastle took advantage of a good spell to make it 1-1 with Ciaran Clark heading home from a corner.


Willian was unable to double his tally when, like Pedro before him, he was played through with a simple lofted pass, with Dubravka this time getting a touch to the attempted lob. With Eden [Hazard] as a striker, we need wingers.

"We started well for 10 minutes but after the goal we thought "now it is easy", but it wasn't", Sarri said. So we need Pedro. "We need Odoi. We need Willian, of course". "For us he's fundamental". "I think we need to improve our mentality".

This loss in the capital, combined with results elsewhere on Saturday, means that United are now in the relegation zone ahead of next week's huge showdown with fellow strugglers Cardiff City.

"We scored and then controlled the last few minutes of the first half so it's a pity but a piece of quality made the difference". It was only Willian's fifth goal of a disappointing season and the Brazilian's first in the league since October.

"We stopped playing for 20 minutes. In my opinion, Willian has to stay with us because for us he is really a very important player, like Pedro".

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