Chelsea reluctant to part with Willian amid Barcelona links

Chelsea reluctant to part with Willian amid Barcelona links

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri refused to discuss Willian's future at Stamford amid reports linking him with Barcelona.

Even though Chelsea breezed past Newcastle 2-1 on Saturday bossMaurizio Sarri says he needs replacements in midfield if they are to keep up their push for the last automatic Champions League spot in the Premier League. It depends on the club decision, I think.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Spanish champions Barcelona have been linked with a move for Chelsea winger Willian in the now January window. "I can not do anything more".

Newcastle, now with just one win in nine Premier League outings, enjoyed their fair share of possession in the remainder of the match, but Rondon's wayward header at the back post three minutes from time was the best they could offer.

'But I think the character was good and the most important is to win the game.

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So while Sarri was expressing his regret at Fabregas's departure for Monaco, the decision to turn down Barcelona's offer for Willian brought instant gratification on Saturday, the wide man's brilliant victor maintaining their hold on a place in the Premier League's top four. [Callum] Hudson-Odoi is becoming for us a really important player.

"At the moment in the defensive phase we are doing very well and one of the reasons, in my opinion, is that Eden is playing in that position", Sarri said. We scored after 10 minutes by attacking spaces behind the lines with Pedro.

"It's got nothing to do with business dealings I've got with his company", said Ferdinand, whose Five brand is available to buy at Sports Direct, a sports-goods retailer founded by Ashley. We need Hudson-Odoi. We need Willian of course. "I don't talk about other things", he said bluntly, acknowledging the challenge of avoiding relegation that lies ahead.

"With Eden [Hazard] as a striker, we need wingers".

"We scored and then controlled the last few minutes of the first half so it's a pity but a piece of quality made the difference". We stopped [playing] for 25 minutes.

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