Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, is certain Willian will remain at the club this summer after holding positive talks with the player this week.
The Brazil forward has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid, but Sarri insists there is no chance of him leaving.
“Willian? I spoke yesterday with him about his late arrival, not about his future. It was a very positive conversation,” Sarri told reporters on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash against Manchester City at the Wembley Stadium.
“I am happy about it. I think there is not a Willian problem. I think he will stay. I am very confident.”
The Chelsea boss admitted he found it strange and frustrating that Willian failed to report for pre-season training in time earlier this week.
Willian was unable to get to Cobham following his post-World Cup holidays because the Brazilian’s passport had expired, but the pair appear to have buried the hatched after a one-on-one conversation this week.
Sarri however could not provide any assurances over Thibaut Courtois also a Real Madrid target and remained particularly coy when quizzed about the goalkeeper’s future.
“I don’t know at the moment,” Sarri added.
“For now Courtois is the goalkeeper of the club.
“I don’t know in the future, it depends on the club, and especially on him I think, but I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper.”
The Italian is looking forward to winning his first trophy with Chelsea against Pep Guardiola’s men.
” First of all, I am looking forward to play at Wembley. It’s my first time. The match will be very difficult for us. I want to win. It’s very important to have immediately a trophy,” he stated.
The 59-year-old also revealed that Cesc Fabregas is unlikely to feature in Sunday’s Community Shield final against Manchester City after sustaining a knock, though confirmed it is nothing serious.Copyright © 2022 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.