Maurizio Sarri confirms 49-goal winger will be at Chelsea

Tanya Simon
January 13, 2019

Willian's third Premier League goal of the season came at the end of a week that saw fresh speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona, though sources have told ESPN FC that Chelsea are reluctant to sell him in January amid concerns that it could damage Sarri's ability to deliver a top-four finish. [Callum] Hudson-Odoi is becoming for us a really important player. We know that we have hard games and we play against two or three of the top sides in a row.

But speaking after Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night, Willian stated categorically that his future remains at Chelsea.

"I am really very happy with the result", Sarri said.

A minute after that second Pedro miss, Willian edged the Blues back in front with a delightful curler into the far corner after cutting inside on his right foot.

Once again, Sarri stubbornly stuck to his experiment with Eden Hazard as Chelsea's central striker despite the Belgian star's dislike of the tactic. "We need Odoi. We need Willian, of course". "In this moment he is a fundamental player".

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"Maybe he has 12 years of the contract, I don't know". "I don't know what you're talking about".

But with the Magpies making life tough for their hosts, Willian's brilliant curling shot in the 57th minute secured all three points for the Blues.

After failing to score in their last two home league matches - a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City and 0-0 draw with Southampton either side of Christmas - it took the Blues just nine minutes to edge in front here.

With Chelsea fans beginning to lose patience at their team's latest spluttering home display, Willian lifted the mood in the nick of time with his superb second-half curler. So we need Pedro. "In the last five matches for us it really was very hard to score", he said. I scored a good goal. We scored after nine minutes, so we did not have to face difficulty.

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