Despite picking up the Players’ Player of the Season accolade at the end of season awards at Stamford Bridge, last season wasn’t Willian’s best since his arrival in London. After spending a lot more time on the bench than he would’ve expected, the Brazilian has admitted it was ‘difficult‘ as it was something he hasn’t had to get used to.

“I was happy with my performances throughout the season,” the Blues man told World Cup reporters. “I played very well. I always try to do my best. I always try to work hard. Sometimes to stay on the bench is difficult.

“I respect the decision of the manager who thinks that and I have nothing more to say about my club. I now want to focus here on the national team, on the World Cup.”

Football fans up and down the country were surprised to see the winger given the cold shoulder by Antonio Conte, especially judging by his performance in the Champions League first-leg clash with Barcelona. In fairness to Willian, in his discussion about the situation, he maintained respect for the Italian boss even though it certainly doesn’t reflect how he’s feeling.

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The Instagram post following the FA Cup final victory showed that the former Shakhtar Donetsk man has definitely taken Conte off his Christmas card list as the wide man covered his manager with trophy emojis in a picture of the post-match celebrations.

Rumours have once again arisen that Manchester United are looking at the option of acquiring Willian after signing his international teammate, Fred, earlier in the week. However, the 29-year-old has said that his sights are firmly set on improving himself.

“I had a good season with Chelsea, winning the best player of the season for my team, I was very happy with that, the important thing is to follow up. I have to keep getting better.”


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