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Willian admits he would’ve quit Chelsea had Conte stayed

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Chelsea winger Willian has admitted there is “no chance” he would be at the club had former head coach Antonio Conte still been in charge.

Willian, 30, was one of a number of senior Blues players to fall out with Conte last season.

Conte won the 2016-17 Premier League title with the Blues but was sacked in July after finishing fifth.

When asked if he would still be at Chelsea if Conte was still head coach, Willian told the Evening Standard: “No chance. No.

“I’m here because I want to play for Chelsea. I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go.”

Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Conte at thr Bridge, won his first Premier League match in charge, 3-0 at Huddersfield on Saturday.

“The manager tells us to play, to enjoy ourselves on the pitch,” Willian said.

“Is it fun to play this way? I think so. We have a lot of players with quality up front, like Eden Hazard and Pedro. Players like that want to play football.

“That’s why he [Sarri] talked about ‘fun’ football [after arriving at Chelsea]. This is what we will try to do this season.”

The Brazil forward was linked with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United this summer but committed his future to the Blues in early August.

Chelsea are at home to Arsenal in their next league fixture on Saturday, and Willian added: “Now we have a different style, that’s why we can create problems for Arsenal.

“Of course, it will be a special game against Arsenal because it is a derby. It is always difficult against them. We have to prepare well during the week.”

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