Willian strengthens Chelsea's grip on fourth place

Lynette Rowe
January 14, 2019

The Brazilian forward, linked with a move to Barcelona before the transfer window closes, curled the ball past Martin Dubravka shortly before the hour to move his side six points in front of fifth-placed Arsenal.

But speaking after Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night, Willian stated categorically that his future remains at Chelsea. "I need an option for that position", he sad.

The 40-year-old went on to say Newcastle fans should be grateful Ashley appointed Rafael Benitez as manager, also describing the north-east side as "a yo-yo club" and adding: "He wants to sell the club, why should he go and spend millions of pounds?"

"I don't know if the club want me to sign a new contract, but my focus is here".

The former Napoli manager responded similarly to talk Willian potential exit in an interview with Sky Sports, claiming: "You know very well that Willian is a very important player".

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"I wanted to see the solution with three small players".

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.

"In my opinion Willian has to stay with us". We stopped to play and then we had problems. He's really a very important player, like Pedro. Today we couldn't do that but we have the quality to do it in the next games. We scored after 10 minutes by attacking spaces behind the lines with Pedro. After the goal, I think we thought now it's easy, but it wasn't. "We need Odoi. We need Willian, of course".

Asked if Hazard enjoyed operating as a striker, Sarri said: "Not in the first half". We scored after nine minutes, so we did not have to face difficulty.

"But next week, when we're playing against a team who are in and around us, they're the ones where we definitely need to be picking the points up".

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