Barcelona have been keen on landing Chelsea winger Willian for some time now, and the Spanish side are reported to have offered Willian’s unsettled compatriot Malcom plus cash to land the 30-year-old.
Willian had a good game against Newcastle and curled home his first goal since October to seal a 2-1 win for the Blues against the Magpies and send Chelsea six points clear of Arsenal in the race for fourth place ahead of next weekend’s London derby at the Emirates.
Speaking to the press after the game, Willian assured that his future is at Chelsea.
“My future is here at Chelsea, I don’t know what you’re talking about. I didn’t see the papers.”
On his decisive goal in the win over Newcastle, Willian added: “I think it’s always difficult in the Premier League. We have to be more clinical. Today we couldn’t do that but we have the quality to do it in the next games.
“But I think the character was good and the most important is to win the game.
“I scored a good goal. I found the space and put the ball exactly where I wanted.”
On Friday, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri assured that Willian was still a big part of his plans.
Sarri said: “Of course I don’t want to lose him. Willian is very important for us so I think it’s impossible to lose him in January.
“He can do better because the potential is high. Usually he wants the ball to his feet. He can improve on his movements without the ball, and he has the potential to score more.”
Willian had a better performance against Newcastle today especially in the second-half, and Sarri was pleased with the Brazilian.
He said: “Willian, for us, is a very important player. As I said yesterday in the press conference, in my opinion he has to stay with us.
“He’s very important player, like Pedro. Hudson-Odoi is becoming a very important player so with Eden like a striker today, we need wingers, so we need Pedro, Hudson-Odoi and Willian, of course. At this moment he’s a fundamental player.”
Willian’s contract ends in the summer of 2020, and Sarri resisted the urge to speak about his future. He said: “I don’t know anything about the Willian contract, but I don’t know what to answer. Maybe he has 12 years of contract I don’t know. I don’t know the detail. You are trying to let me speak about something I don’t know.”