Maurizio Sarri has revealed he looks forward to having a conversation with Willian after conveying his displeasure at the Brazilian’s late return to Chelsea following the World Cup.
Willian has been the subject of interest from a lot of clubs all throughout the summer with Real Madrid and Manchester United among those keeping an eye on his situation at the West London club, while La Liga giants Barcelona have had three bids – the last of which reportedly amounting to at least £55 million – for the 30-year-old turned down by the Blues.
After the winger’s exertions at the World Cup in Brazil, who lost to Belgium in the quarterfinal stage last July 6, Sarri scheduled a return date for him last Friday. However, Willian failed to report to Cobham Training Centre during that day, the cause of his delayed return being blamed on issues with his passport renewal and not because of a bid from Real Madrid.
The Brazil international finally reported to Chelsea for training on Wednesday which is six days after the date the Italian had supposedly expected him to return. During the post-match news conference following Chelsea’s penalty shootout defeat at the hands of London rivals Arsenal, Sarri expressed his dissatisfaction over the situation explicitly but insists he would have a word with Willian regarding the matter.
“I want to speak to him before I answer these questions,” said Sarri to reporters. “I want to speak to him. I am not happy about this situation but before I answer, I would like to speak to him.”
The former Napoli manager was also asked whether he found the reason for Willian’s tardiness strange and he was forthright with his response. “I think so,” said Sarri.
After their setback against the Gunners in Dublin, the Blues will have a chance for early silverware this season when they face Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday.