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Willian has stated that he wants to remain at Chelsea and has already spoken to Maurizio Sarri as he looks forward to a new season.

The Brazilian was linked with a move to Barcelona and Manchester United in the summer, according to Sky Sports. The Catalan club had even submitted three bids for the 29-year-old but Chelsea rejected all the offers, as per Sky Sports.

Willian was speaking after the 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the Community Shield and was quoted by Sky Sports:

“I’ve always made it very clear that I’ve always been very happy playing for Chelsea. I never said that I want to leave the club.

“This is a new era, with a new manager and I’ve had a very good conversation with him, so I hope we can enjoy a lot of victories.”

The Brazilian did get 30 mins of game time in the loss to Pep Guardiola’s side and even though Chelsea did not do extremely well against City, Willian added that the players like the style that Sarri has brought to the club.

“Of course, the beginning is always a little more difficult to adapt to a new style of play, which changes everything, but we have everything we need to improve, to continue working and start the season well.”

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Willian staying at the club is good for us given that we have very little time to find a quality replacement for the 29-year-old. The winger was one of our most consistent players last season and he could turn out to be a quality player under Sarri in this new era for the Blues.