I would have left Chelsea - Willian

Barcelona are understood to have had three bids turned down for the Brazil global, who has scored 44 goals in 238 games for Chelsea since joining from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.

The Sun reports that Conte fell out with several key members of the dressing room during in his final year, including Willian and that in the end the players no longer believed in his philosophy, which certainly translated into their performances on the pitch.

Maurizio Sarri definitely sounds like the cool teacher.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits it was a tactical decision to leave Ruben Loftus-Cheek out of his squad to face Arsenal on Saturday.

"This is what we do in Brazil and are trying to do here, playing with skill and movement and the manager told us to do that".

"Is it fun to play this way? Now we have a different style, that's why we can create problems for Arsenal".

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"I don't think he's a good defensive player, I don't think he's a good player in that holding midfield role".

Sarri has warned it will take time to master the brand of free-flowing attacking football he implemented at Napoli.

Willian has since revealed he turned down Barcelona to remain at Chelsea and, having played 76 minutes of their opening-day victory at Huddersfield, said he is still at the club because Conte has gone.

Brazil global Willian, who featured for the Selecao at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, has revealed that he found it hard to play under previous Blues boss Antonio Conte.

The news will be a blow to the former Premier League champion, who joined Chelsea in a £35million deal last summer - just a year after he helped Leicester to an historic league triumph.

  • Lawrence Cooper